*This article was published in the Jan./Feb. 2017 Christian Woman Magazine. http://www.gospeladvocate.com
Can you picture God laughing? In the book of Psalms, there are three instances where the LORD is said to do just that! In all three accounts, the LORD’s laughter is aimed at rebellious people. He laughs against:
Worldly kings and rulers:
In Psalm 2 it is written that the LORD “shall laugh” (v.4) at the kings and rulers who take counsel together against Him and “Against His Anointed” (v.2). Those mentioned are in active opposition against the LORD of hosts. They arrogantly devise the breaking apart of God’s power. How ignorant they were to even think they could carry out such foolish actions. After His initial reaction: laughter, we learn of the Lord’s secondary action: He holds them in derision (stuttering), then He reminds them just Who the King of kings is—Who possesses the nations—even to the ends of the earth: Jesus! It is He who will perform the demolition—“Break[ing] them with a rod of iron” and “Dash[ing] them to pieces like a potters vessel” (v.9). But, after all of that, the God of mercy encourages the kings to be wise—be instructed; “Serve [Him] with fear, And rejoice with trembling” (v.11).
Are there kings and rulers today who are against the LORD and His Anointed? God’s heart will laugh, then remind them of their frailty. He will then, in His great love and mercy, allow them to repent and serve, rejoice, and worship His Son—the true King!
The “gnashers of teeth”:
In Psalm 37, the “LORD laughs” (v.13) at the wicked who plot against and gnash their teeth at the just. These people are truly “out to get” the righteous. They spend their time planning their demise. They labor to produce weakness by stirring up fear in the upright. The Lord laughs as He “Sees that [the wicked’s] day is coming” (v.13). A day where the bow, bent for the “poor and needy” and the “upright in conduct” (v.14), will alter its course, plunging its arrow into the heart of its wicked owner.
Are there people today who plot and gnash their teeth against the righteous? God laughs at them, for He knows that the “Transgressors shall be destroyed together; The future of the wicked shall be cut off” (v.38).
The wicked “dogs”:
In Psalm 59 it is written that the LORD “shall laugh” (v.8) at those “Wicked transgressors” (v.5) who rise up against the righteous. These workers of iniquity are extremely active in their plotting to destroy the righteous. They are described in the following, disturbing way: “At evening they return, They growl like a dog, And go all around the city. Indeed, they belch with their mouth; Swords are in their lips; For they say, “Who hears?””(v.6-7). These are arrogant workers of the night; zealous to carry out their destructive mission. But of these God also laughs. In this instance, the psalmist asks the LORD not to slay these wicked (v.11), “Lest [his] people forget” (v.11), but rather scatter them and humble them by taking them in their pride, consuming them— forcing their education on the One who hears.
Are there people living today like the ones described in Psalm 59: arrogant, unrefined boasters who create havoc in the night saying, “Who hears?” Little do they know that the Lord hears—Hebrews 4:13. Their actions will not go unpunished.
Are you being directly persecuted by the wicked? Is your soul sorrowful by the wicked who seem to be prevailing in our world today? Remember that the LORD laughs at their schemes. He will remind them just Who is in control. He will also do for the righteous as He promised in all three of the Psalms we have examined:
Psalm 2: “Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him” (v.12).
Psalm 37: “But the salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; He is their strength in the time of trouble. And the LORD shall help them and deliver them; He shall deliver them from the wicked, And save them, Because they trust in Him” (v.40).
Psalm 59: “But I will sing of Your power; Yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning; For You have been my defense And refuge in the day of my trouble. To You, O my Strength, I will sing praises; for God is my defense, My God of mercy” (v.16-17).