Go Ahead and Laugh

I Need To Laugh More

Thursday, March 12, 2014

Psalm 2:4 (ESV)  He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision.

On my trip through the second Psalm today I pulled over and spent some time in verse four, focusing on the laughter of God. We don’t often think about God in terms of the joy and laughter he experiences. I know I have more of a “let’s get down to business” attitude about God. I know I need to lighten up a little bit. I miss some great moments of joy because I tend to stay too focused on getting things done. How about you?

God laughs for two very different reasons. First, He laughs and rejoices over our lives when He sees the wonder of His Son in us. Zephaniah 3:17 says, “For the LORD your God has arrived to live among you. He is a mighty Savior. He will rejoice over you with great gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will exult over you by singing a happy song.” 

Isn’t that incredible? Our lives, when filled with His Son, cause God to break out into song. Our lives bring rejoicing to heaven. All of the praise that is being expressed to God in heaven is stopped so that God can laugh and sing for joy over the lives of people who have been redeemed. One of my favorite songs from several years ago expresses this thought so beautifully. It is called His Favorite Song of All, and was sung by the group Phillips, Craig, and Dean. Take an extra moment at this scenic overlook to carefully read the words to this song.

He loves to hear the wind sing as it whistles through the pines on mountain hills
And He loves to hear the raindrops as they splash to the ground in a magic melody
He smiles in sweet approval as the waves crash to the rocks in harmony
Creation joins in unity to sing to Him majestic symphonies, but
His favorite song of all is the song of the redeemed
When lost sinners now made clean lift their voices loud and strong
When those purchased by His blood lift to Him a song of love
There’s nothing more He’d rather hear or so pleasing to His ear
As His favorite song of all

And He loves to hear the angels as they sing” Holy, Holy is the Lamb”
Heaven’s choirs in harmony lift up praises to the Great I Am
But He lifts His hands for silence when the wicked, saved by grace, begin to sing
And a million angels listen as the newborn soul sings, “I’ve been redeemed!”

‘cause His favorite song of all is the song of the redeemed
When lost sinners now made clean lift their voices loud and strong
When those purchased by His blood lift to Him a song of love
There’s nothing more He’d rather hear or so pleasing to His ear
As His favorite song of all.

God not only loves to hear us sing the song of redemption, but He joins us in singing it and laughing with joy that our lives have been redeemed from the hands of the enemy.

The second reason God laughs is when He considers the futility of man’s plans to overthrow Him. This is the reason He is laughing in Psalm 2. He can’t help but laugh at the feeble attempts of people to enthrone themselves as rulers of their own lives and the lives of others. No matter how powerful they think they are, and no matter how much temporary success they may have, the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he knows their day is coming. (Psalm 37:13)

Now for some personal application. Since the Lord who laughs has taken up residence in our lives, should we not also laugh for the same reasons God does? Of course the obvious answer is “YES!” We laugh and rejoice and sing when we hear of another person who has received Jesus Christ as their Savior. That’s easy. But what about laughing in the face of suffering, hardship, pain, and persecution? How do we respond when people turn against us and seek to overthrow us? I bet most of the time it’s not with laughter.

I’m not advocating laughing in the face of our enemies, but I certainly will not succumb to their outcomes when I know that when God is for us, who can stand against us (Romans 8:31).

I want to learn to laugh in the face of adversity, because I know that God is still on the throne, and all things will work out for good to those who love Him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).

I want to respond to the realities of life with the eternal reality that nothing can separate me from the love of God because I am in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:39) Like Job, I want to laugh at destruction and famine (Job 5:22)

So let’s hear your best laugh…Come on, you can do better than that. Laugh it up. God is on the throne!

Pastor John

One thought on “Go Ahead and Laugh

  1. While my thoughts were more in line with your second part, I enjoyed the thought of God enjoying his creations. It makes me think that whatever God creates is good, how great is the true humor and joy, that we will see in heaven.

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