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Psalm 2:4

by Don Costello  
1/15/2013 / Bible Studies

Psalm 2:4

He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision.

a. Amplified Bible: He Who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord has them in derision [and in supreme contempt He mocks them].

1. "He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh:"

a. sitteth [3427 * yashab] [Strongs: To sit down as judge, in ambish, quiet]

b. laugh [7832 * sachaq] [Strongs: To laugh (in pleasure or detraction) by implication, to play:-- deride, have in derision, laugh make merry, mock, laugh to scorn]

b. Five times in Scripture it mentions that God laughs. Four of those times God is laughing at the wicked: Psalm 2:4; 37:12, 13; 59:5-8; Proverbs 1:26. The most descriptive passage as to why God is laughing at the wicked is in Proverbs 1:24-33. Within these verses I will interject other verses that I believe will shed light on why God would laugh at an individual's calamity.

c. Proverbs 1:24,25 "Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;
But ye have set at naught all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:

1). Our government in its counsel has decided, constitutionally to remove its ties with God. In the following passage we see the opposing counsels side by side.

a). Psalm 33:10-12The LORD bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect.
The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.

c. (continued) Proverbs 1:26-29 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;
When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.
Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:

1). Israel became so rebellious that God refused to even hear their prayers.

a). Jeremiah 11:14 "Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up a cry or prayer for them: for I will not hear them in the time that they cry unto me for their trouble."

b). Isaiah 59:1, 2 Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:
But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

2). Prayer is a Covenant privilege for the obedient.

a). Psalm 66:18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:

b). Jeremiah 29:13 says, "And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart."

c). In Matthew 7:8, Jesus said, "he that seeketh findeth."

c. (continued) Proverbs 1:29, 30 For they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD:
They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof.

1). Jeremiah 2:19 Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord GOD of hosts.

a). The above verse is so powerful in its straightforwardness. I am reminded of what Supreme Court Justice Rutledge wrote in his dissent in Everson in 1947: "The [First] Amendment's purpose was not to strike merely at the official establishment of a single sect, creed or religion, outlawing only a formal relation such as had prevailed in England and some of the colonies. Necessarily, it was to uproot all such relationships. But the object was broader than separating church and state in this narrow sense. It was to create a complete and permanent separation of the spheres of religious activity and civil authority by comprehensively forbidding every form of public aid or support for religion.""

b). I can sense a hostility in his choice of words. The First Amendment's purpose was to "uproot all such relationships", or to put it another way, "Let us break their bands asunder and cast their cords from us"

2). 2 Timothy 3:16 "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof"

a). In the Judicial branch of our government there are Supreme Court cases decided within matters of constitutional policy, that reveal it hates the knowledge of God, will have nothing to do with His counsel, forsakes the fear of the Lord, and despises the reproof of His word. A few have been mentioned above, but there are many more.

3). In the Executive branch

a). June 2nd 2000 President Bill Clinton declared June the first ever Gay and Lesbian Pride Month.

b). April 10th 1996 President Bill Clinton vetoed the first Partial-Birth abortion ban.

c). On October 10th 1997 President Bill Clinton vetoed the second Partial-Birth abortion ban.

d). June 1st 2009 President Barack Obama declared the month of June Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered Pride Month.

e). Just last year [Oct. 2006] there was an open homosexual, Mark Dybul, appointed to be the Global AIDS coordinator for the United States by George W. Bush. While he raised his right hand to be sworn in at the White House by Secretary Condoleeza Rice, his homosexual partner held the Bible he rested his left hand on. President Bush's wife Laura was also at the swearing in.

f). ABC News reported in May of 2010 that Laura Bush has said in an interview she supports gay marriage and abortion and that they were points of contention with her husband.

4). I tell you on the authority of the word of God that these violations would never have occurred if our nation would have continued to honor and strengthen "the bands" and the "cords" that our nation had with God.

c. (continued) Proverbs 1:31, 32 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.
For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them."

d. The point I am making is that there comes a time after we have "set at naught all his counsel", would have nothing to do with his reproof, hate his knowledge, refuse the fear of the Lord, have nothing to do with his counsel, and despise his reproof, there comes a time when, in a time of crying out to him, he will not hear, in fact he will laugh at us. I believe within many Supreme Court decisions our constitutional philosophy has done just that.

2. "the LORD shall have them in derision."

a. derision [3932 * laag] [Strongs: To deride, to laugh at in scorn.]

My name is Don Costello. Ever since I received Christ in November of 1976 I have had a passion to study and know God's word.My wife Melissa and I have 5 children.

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