Serve the Lord in fear! Repent in terror! Give sincere homage! Otherwise he will be angry, and you will die because of your behavior, when his anger quickly ignites. How blessed are all who take shelter in him!” (Psalm 2:11–12, NET)

This is the third instance in the psalms in which the author(s) points out who is blessed and why. We saw that those who do not follow in the path of the wicked are blessed, and that those whose wrongdoing God does not count against them are blessed.

Here, at the end of a psalm in which God asserts his total power and sovereignty over the so-called rulers of the earth, the psalmist closes with this phrase: How blessed are all who take shelter in him!

Implicit in this phrase is the need to take shelter in Yahweh, so one of the characteristics of the blessed is that they recognize their need for shelter in Yahweh. There is a certain humility required in this because when one is trusting in someone else, there is the implication that they cannot and will not trust in themselves.

Implicit also in the psalmist’s statement is the fact that one can take shelter in Yahweh, that He is able to give shelter and that he is also willing to do so, and of course this truth is reiterated again and again throughout the psalms.

How blessed we are who can put our trust in our all-powerful, all-sovereign God! Where else would we want to put our trust?