2 1Why the big noise, nations? Why the mean plots, peoples? 2Earth–leaders push for position, Demagogues and delegates meet for summit talks, The God–deniers, the Messiah–defiers: 3“Let’s get free of God! Cast loose from Messiah!” 4Heaven–throned God breaks out laughing. At first he’s amused at their presumption; 5Then he gets good and angry. Furiously, he shuts them up: 6“Don’t you know there’s a King in Zion? A coronation banquet Is spread for him on the holy summit.” 7Let me tell you what God said next. He said, “You’re my son, And today is your birthday. 8What do you want? Name it: Nations as a present? continents as a prize? 9You can command them all to dance for you, Or throw them out with tomorrow’s trash.” 10So, rebel–kings, use your heads; Upstart–judges, learn your lesson: 11Worship God in adoring embrace, 12Celebrate in trembling awe. Kiss Messiah! Your very lives are in danger, you know; His anger is about to explode, But if you make a run for God—you won’t regret it!
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