Let us burst their bonds asunder, and cast their cords from us.
The previous verse (2) was incomplete as it ended with the word ´saying…´, and today the plan is now clearer. What is their plan of action? “Burst the bonds asunder cast the cords of the Lord and the Anointed one from us” Bonds in this context refer to the yoke that is put on the animal when ploughing or tilling land while cords refer to the string or cord that is used to tie them on the yoke. In the context of this verse bonds and cords then refer to God´s rule and His law. God´s laws are seen as restraints and we live in a world where laws, ordinances, and truths are viewed as unnecessary yokes on people´s freedom. We overstretch our demand for freedom to extent of jeopardizing the lives of our neighbors and the other created order.
In their plot, Bishop Horne remarked, “we may see the ground of opposition! Namely, the unwillingness of rebellious nature to submit it to the obligations of Divine laws…” Rebelling against God´s law and ordinances is overthrowing God´s reign on us and demanding our independence from Him. The picture of this verse mirrors the current generation´s relationship with God. We live in a world where people are daily severing ties with their creator. We are increasingly believing in ourselves more than in God. The psalmist says such attempts to free ourselves from God will never succeed but are just wishful thinking. Two takeaways for today are; 1. God´s laws and ordinances are not a yoke to us but are meant to protect our peaceful existence. 2. Refusing to submit to God´s laws is attempting to overthrow him and the end is futile