crownPsalm 2 is a coronation song. Coronations in Israel were often like a breath of fresh air, a new beginning, raising the hopes of loyal Israelites for better things ahead. If times had been bad, or the previous king was old and weak, the coronation of another prince promised a new start.

But a new king often meant that tax-paying subject nations around worked to throw off the shackles of dependency, or to broker a new deal with the new and inexperienced king. So this enthronement anthem acted as a charter for the new king. He may feel vulnerable but he should rededicate himself to the real King – to Yahweh. God is the new king's Father. So by renewing his faith in God, the human king could rely on the Heavenly King to put down enemies and strengthen godly rule.

Read more: PSALM 2: CROWNING GOD AS KING

eyes-1024x531Karen and I were married in 1982 and it was one year later in 1983 that we saw the Anastasis, YWAM's first ship, come into Tauranga. We took a tour, heard stories of spreading the gospel around the world, receiving training and extending acts of compassion and mercy to those hurting and we got hooked.

Our plan was to leave for just six months, combine some overseas adventure along with receiving Bible training. Well, be careful what you commit to short term! That is how you end up as long term missionaries. It all starts out by dipping your toe in the water to try it out! The result – we LOVED it. What an amazing calling we are privileged to have.

We have served now in over 70 countries, seen countless people come to Christ, have helped thousands of others receive the same Discipleship Training as we did, have raised five children and since 2011 founded YWAM Ships Kona where we operate four vessels, located in Papua New Guinea, Panama, Marshall Islands and one in Kona, Hawaii.

Read more: IT IS FREE AND IT WILL GIVE YOU A NEW LIFE!

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