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Psalm 2:4 - He who sits in the heavens laughs...

Nahum O'Brien on April 2, 2018

He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision. 

What does the LORD do in response to the nations who rage against Him? He laughs! What does the LORD do in response to the peoples who plot against Him? He laughs! What of the kings and rulers of earth who set themselves in opposition to the Lord? He laughs! Why? Because of the utter ridiculous notion that man could ever circumvent or oppose the will of the LORD! Spurgeon notes, “He (God) has not taken the trouble to rise up and do battle with them—he despises them, he knows how absurd, how irrational, how futile are their attempts against him—he therefore laughs at them.” Matthew Henry notes, “The moon walks in brightness though the dogs bark at it.” Rivet responds, “It is as if a fly should attack an elephant, or a man endeavor to snatch the sun from the firmament.” Utter ridiculous is the notion that man set themselves against the LORD. Plumer notes, “All nations are before him as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing and vanity. He sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers.” 

Did you notice the exaltation of the LORD in respect to the men of earth? The LORD sits in the heavens. He is infinitely exalted above man. David Pitcairn notes, “He looks upon their poor and puny efforts, not only without uneasiness or fear, but He laughs at their folly; He treats their impotency with derision. He knows how He can crush them like a moth when He pleases, or consume them in a moment with the breath of His mouth.” It would be quite joyful and humorous to continue with comments from theologians concerning the utter foolishness of men, however, we must progress. Notice then that the LORD holds them in derision. This term denotes a laughing or mocking, to deride. Thus, the Lord not only laughs but mocks the vain attempts of men to usurp His sovereign authority.