What Makes God Laugh?

What Makes God Laugh?

The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against his Anointed, saying, “Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.” He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision.

Psalm 2:2-5

            What makes God laugh?  Yes, God laughs.  He must as know that He is the true source of joy.  He’s the One who created it, who created even the very idea of joy.  What is it that makes Him laugh?

            Psalm 2 gives us a partial answer.  God laughs at nations, kings, and anyone who thinks they can thwart God’s Sovereign rule.  God laughs at them.  He laughs at the futility of thought that would lead an earthly king to think he has any power to oppose the Heavenly King.

            As I write this, it is the 70th anniversary of the Chinese regime begun under Mao Tse-tung on October 1, 1949.  Mao united China and established authoritarian, one party rule.  We are even now witnessing the continued flexing of Chinese muscle in Hong Kong today.  We need to pray for the people of Hong Kong who long for full freedom and for suffering Christians in the Chinese mainland. 

            The Chinese government thinks it has power even over the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ.  It has, in some places, sought to intimidate pastors and churches and to marginalize Christians.  The implication is that they believe themselves to be the true authority over the people, the final arbiter of truth.  What is God’s response?  According to Psalm 2, He laughs.  In fact, the Chinese church continues to grow as reports say there are over 97 million Christians there.  God’s purposes never fail.

            Kingdoms rise and fall.  Empires come and go- see Egypt, see Babylon, see Rome.  You get the picture.  God’s Kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom.  His Anointed, the Lord Jesus Christ, is the true King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  Our King’s rule will never end.

God’s laughter is our encouragement.

Paul Bankson
pbankson@gmail.com

Paul was born and raised in Birmingham, AL and graduated from Auburn University in 1986 with a degree in Business Administration. It was at Auburn that he met his wife, Connie. They were married in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and moved to Jackson, MS where he attended Reformed Theological Seminary graduating with a Master of Divinity in 1991. Upon graduation, Paul served as a Campus Minister with RUF, the campus ministry of the PCA, at Tennessee-Martin where the Banksons lived for 5 years. They moved to Macon, GA in 1996 to work with RUF at Mercer University and then Paul joined the pastoral staff at First Presbyterian Church of Macon as an Assistant Pastor in 1999. In 2004, Paul and his family moved to Warner Robins where he served as a church planter and then organizing Pastor of Houston Lake Presbyterian Church. In December 2014 Paul completed a Doctor of Ministry degree through Reformed Theological Seminary of Orlando. Paul and Connie have three sons, Andrew (23), Stephen (20), and Matthew (15). Paul enjoys grilling, camping with his family, and Auburn sports (War Eagle!).