Knowing Christ in Psalm 2 (part 1 of 4)

When God Laughs…

“Why do the nations conspire
    and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth rise up
    and the rulers band together
    against the Lord and against his anointed, saying,
“Let us break their chains
    and throw off their shackles.”

The One enthroned in heaven laughs;
    the Lord scoffs at them.
He rebukes them in his anger
    and terrifies them in his wrath, saying,
“I have installed my king
    on Zion, my holy mountain. 

I will tell of the decree:
The Lord said to me, “You are my Son;
today I have begotten you.
Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,
and the ends of the earth your possession.
You shall break them with a rod of iron
and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.
Psalm 2:1-9

For many Christians around the world, intense persecution is a daily reality. Our brothers and sisters around the world face prison, beatings, and even death for the sake of the gospel. Nations have sought to extinguish the Christian flame for centuries, but it still burns brightly. In our country, while we generally don’t face persecution to the same degree as other parts of the world, we can certainly feel the tension that exists towards the gospel. We see (through conversations, news articles, movies, lawsuits, etc.) the plotting and attempts to remove the gospel from our daily lives. But why? Why is there this aggression towards the gospel?

“The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the Lord and against his anointed, saying,“Let us break their chains and throw off their shackles.”

At the core, we all want freedom. We want to live life the way we chose without any consequences or condemnation. The problem is we’re not free. We are either a slave to sin or a slave to righteousness (Romans 6:15-23). As a slave to sin, you can only serve sin and the gospel is a threat to sin. Sin sees the gospel as “chains and shackles” and slaves will serve their master by trying to remove the threat.

“For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18

In light of all this planning and plotting and scheming to try and remove God from our lives, what is God’s response?

…He laughs.

Laughter? Really? How can God laugh while His people suffer? How can God laugh at wicked in danger of His wrath? Ezekiel 18:23 says:

“Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? declares the Sovereign LORD. Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live?”

God is not getting any kind of pleasure in the fact that his people are suffering or that the wicked are lost and will face His wrath, but rather laughing at their thinking they are able to contend with the almighty God. Their plans ultimately fail because of Who sits on the throne in heaven.

“I have installed my king on Zion, my holy mountain.”

God can laugh at their plans against Him and His people because He knows that they ultimately fail. Isaiah 46:10 says:

“I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’”

There is nothing hidden from the Lord and nothing that catches Him by surprise. You can’t outsmart Him or slip past Him. All that He pleases, He will do. Out of His good pleasure, He created man. Out of His good pleasure, He sent His Son to die for the sins of man. And out of His good pleasure, He has set Jesus as King. He has given him the nations as an inheritance and things don’t end well for his enemies:

“The LORD says to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.” Psalm 110:1

Our God is in the heavens, Jesus is on the throne, and the days of the wicked are numbered.

“The Lord laughs at the wicked, for he knows their day is coming.” Psalm 37:12

Do we have David’s confidence in The King on the holy mountain?

Do we believe that God is sovereign, even when it’s seems that Christians are under attack?

Or are we planning and scheming because we don’t think God is going to help us out on this one?

As the elect, we are safe in Christ. We can rest well in the fact that no matter what we face, no matter what plans and schemes the world comes up with, we are under the sovereign reign of the Lamb of God, the King of Kings, and the Lord of Lords.

“These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful.” Revelation 17:14

 

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