The question is asked, what does the Bible mean when it say’s “God shall laugh?”
Three times in the Book of Psalms (Psalm 2:4; 37:13; 59:8) we read that God shall laugh. The word “laugh” does not mean what we usually think of today as laughing with “joy” or “making a joke of.” It always means, “to hold in derision — to mock or to scorn.”
In Psalm 2:4 you have the picture of nations gathering together and planning ways to overthrow God. God holds them in derision, or “laughs,” at their feeble plans. In Genesis 11, sometime after the flood, the people all came together and made plans of over throwing God’s purpose for them. Genesis 11:4 reads “And they said, ‘Come let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens. Let us make a name for ourselves lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.’ “ (11:8)
So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city.
The second place we find the word “laugh” is Psalm 37:13. “The Lord laughs at him, For He sees that his day is coming.” The wicked come against the righteous, the poor, and needy as if they were to live forever. God laughs, he sees their coming destruction and says, “A little that a righteous man has is Better than the riches of many wicked.”
The last time we find that God laughs is Psalm 59:8. A jealous King Saul sends an army after David. David is trusting the Lord and says, “But you, O Lord, shall laugh at them: You shall have all the nations in derision.”
David’s response is first to meditate on the strength of the Lord — what a powerful God we have. Then he places his confidence in His God. “I wait upon you: for God is my defense.”
God never mocks or laughs at sin. He sent his only begotten Son to die on the cross taking my place and paying the price for my sin. We often hear people laughing and joking about sin. But it is no joke, and the result is not laughable. God wants us to have his view of sin. Then He will not have us in derision — he will not laugh at us.
If you have a Bible question write to Pastor Lenard Huebscher, Grace Baptist Church, 12721 75th St. North, Stillwater MN, 55082. www.stillwaterbaptist.net