“The LORD Laughs?” – Psalm 2:4 Commentary

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Laughing isn’t all it’s cracked up to be in Psalm 2:4

What Does Psalm 2:4 Mean?

Psalm 2:44 He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision.

Psalm 2:4-6 is God the Father speaking. Verse 4 is His speech at the present time. Verses 5-6 is the future. The Father mocks the nation’s rebellion and taunts them with the installation of His own King.

Laughter – That’s How God the Father Responds Now to Rebelling Nations

God the Father is presently responding to the nations with mockery and taunting. He is enthroned in heaven and He, with disgust, is laughing. He “holds them in derision” – that means, He is taunting them.

How do you respond when nation rises up against nation? Are you afraid? What about the laws that rebellious rulers enact? Does it scare you? You need to understand God’s response: He laughs and taunts!

Relax! God Has It All Figured Out – Psalm 2:3

Look now, is God confused? Is He afraid? Does He even arise from His seat? No, verse 4 says He is enthroned in heaven, seated, making His judgments, ruling. He is the Sovereign One!

Isaiah 40:1515 Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket, and are accounted as the dust on the scales; behold, he takes up the coastlands like fine dust.

Be comforted then, God is in control. You can watch the news and say, “He who sits in the heavens laughs; He’s taunting the rulers!” If you watch the news with someone, you can lean over at the right time and say that, “He who sits in the heavens laughs!”

It is a laughter of might and awesome terror! He who sits in the heavens is mocking them, from His throne of judgment.

Daniel 2:2121 He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings….

Our heavenly Father is in control and knows exactly what he is doing.

Respond as we’re exhorted…Psalm 2:1212 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

That’s the present time. But what will God say in the future? Discover it next, in our study of Psalm 2:5.

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