‘He That Sitteth in the Heavens Shall Laugh…’

Scanning the nooze this morning, I felt a need to revisit Psalm 2–which also brought this 1871 hymn to mind, Christ Shall Have Dominion.

It’s getting bad out there. The ungodly are running wild, nothing seems to restrain them. But God is watching carefully, and here’s where the psalm comes in:

Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, the rulers take counsel together against the Lord and against His anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. (Verses 1-4)

The Lord is laughing at them–at their vain words, their pretenses, their schemes for a global government with themselves in charge. They are nothing. They are pygmies who call themselves giants. The Lord will give His Son, His anointed, all power in heaven and on earth; and He will break them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.

We must not lose heart! Christ, not they, shall have dominion. This is what we as Christians must believe. God will keep His promises, every last one of them. He has blessed us by allowing us to enter into His labors with Him. We may fail from time to time, but He will not fail us.

When will that happen? We don’t know; God knows. There are Christian men and women not yet born who will do great things. Our job is to do what we can and never, never, never give in to the wicked.

And when God stops laughing, let the wicked beware. Christ’s Kingdom is already among us… working, working, working… for and until He regenerates His whole creation.

3 comments on “‘He That Sitteth in the Heavens Shall Laugh…’

  1. One of this morning’s psalms in the Liturgy of the Hours was Psalm 37. Every time I pray this psalm, a different part of it seems to speak loudly to me. This morning it was vv. 35-36:
    “I have seen a wicked man overbearing,
    and towering like a cedar of Lebanon.
    Again I passed by, and, lo, he was no more;
    though I sought him, he could not be found.”

    Sometimes, though, I have to be content with v. 8:
    “Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath.
    Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.”

  2. Thank you for this reminder, Lee, and to Phoebe and Erlene, also. The troubles of this world too often distract me from the Word of God.

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