Why do the heathen rage, and the people
imagine a vain thing? The kings of the
earth set themselves, and the rulers
take counsel together, against the LORD,
and against his anointed, saying,
Let us break their bands asunder, and
cast away their cords from us. He that
sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the
LORD shall have them in derision. Then
shall he speak unto them in his wrath,
and vex them in his sore displeasure.
Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.
(Psalm 2: 1-6)
The glorious reign of Jesus in the
latter day will not be consummated,
until a terrible struggle has convulsed
the nations. His coming will be as a
refiner's fire, and like fuller's soap,
and the day thereof shall burn as an oven.
Earth loves not her rightful monarch, but
clings to the usurper's sway: the terrible
conflicts of the last days will illustrate
both the world's love of sin and Jehovah's
power to give the kingdom to his only Begotten.
To a graceless neck the yoke of Christ is
intolerable, but to the saved sinner it is
easy and light. We may judge ourselves by
this, do we love that yoke, or do we wish
to cast it from us?
Charles Spurgeon, A Treasury of David,
entire commentary here