Serve the Lord with fear, with trembling, kiss his feet, or he will be angry, and you will perish in the way; for his wrath is quickly kindled. Happy are all who take refuge in him.
The kings and rulers have been warned of the impending judgment in the previous verse and what should they do next? In today´s verses, the kings are advised by the psalmist to serve the lord with fear and trembling and kiss his feet. This means serving the lord with reverence, love, and joy. A combination of reverence and joy is a hallmark of authentic Christianity. This is the only remedy in averting God´s wrath which is already being kindled by their evil actions. Serving the Lord in this context means politically submitting to Israel, the anointed one. Their rebellion against Israel is an indirect rebellion against God.
They should therefore submit to Israel with reverence and joy but in turn, Israel should extend God´s love to them. God´s is therefore not prescribing an unconditional submission to these nations but Israel should also do her part. Two takeaways for today are: 1. God is prepared to forgive those who repent of their evil ways. His joy is not in punishing people but in forgiving them. 2. We should always seek to amend our relationship with God through repentance