Psalm 2 was referenced as a psalm of Christ in Acts 4 by Peter, John, and the rest of the early Jerusalem church as they prayed to God with its words. It was also referenced as such by Paul in Acts 13.
As you read this psalm, you may also recognize that a number of it phrases show up throughout the New Testament even when a whole verse may not quoted outright. These include, but aren’t limited to:
- Romans 1:4 where Jesus is said to have been declared the Son of God by virtue of the resurrection (the same point Paul made in Acts 13:39).
- Hebrews 1:1-2 where Jesus is referred to as the heir of all things.
- John 3:36 where the apostle John is quoting John the Baptist referring to the choice between obeying the Son and experiencing His wrath.
- Hebrews 12:22 where the heavenly Mount Zion is mentioned.
As with the other “psalms of Christ,” Psalm 2’s full meaning was not grasped prior to the resurrection of Jesus. Even today, there is much more to be plumbed of its meaning for as the writer to the Hebrews says in 5:11, “As for Him, there is much more to say…”