Why do the nations conspire
and the people plot in vain?
The kings build their own thrones,
the rulers listen only to their own wisdom.
Why do the nations rage?
Why do they plot for domination
and scheme to preserve their vanities?
Why do they make games of governance?
They say, “Let us release ourselves from responsibility
and from God. Let us throw the people into chaos
so they break their bonds with one another
and neglect our accountability.”
Say that you are laughing, O God.
Tell us that you have wrath to spare from days of old.
Rage that creation is the richness of relationship
not the division of exploited treasure.
Break their egos like fragile china
and their walls to pieces like a potter’s vessel.
Take a rod of iron to their webs of bribery,
to their paper laws of lies & deceit.
Until the nations make peace,
call all peoples to serve in humility
and worship in trembling wonder.
Happy are those who love the LORD.
on Psalm 2