But the LORD laughs at the wicked,For he sees that their day is coming
Have you ever wondered what God would find funny? The strange twists and turns that life takes prompts us to realize that God has a sense of humor. But have we ever thought about God laughing? What would make God laugh?
The Psalmist indicates that the LORD finds it funny that the wicked are so confident that they have no thought of their own end. Both in Psalm 37:13 and Psalm 2:4, the LORD laughs at those who seem to think they “rule the world” and are in control. In fact, it is interesting to note where we find express mention of “laughter” in the Bible. Sarah laughed when she contemplated having a child in her old age-after God had made a promise to her husband Abraham to bless all nations through his seed (Genesis 17:15-22; 18:9-15). In fact, the name Isaac comes from the Hebrew root word meaning “to laugh.” In addition, the people laughed around the Golden Calf in the wilderness (Exodus 32:6) as they build for themselves a “leader” to take them onwards when Moses could not be found.
In these places, God's laughter is associated with human unbelief. It makes God laugh to see human being trying to stay “in control” of a world that he has made and rules. The thought of the creation trying to control the creator surely must seem utterly absurd to the Almighty God. How could God not laugh! How could “we” not laugh at the thought of something we “made” trying to control us and rule over us?
Psalm 37 gives us complete assurance that the Almighty God cares for us and will provide everything that we need. God is God. He will completely care for us if we will be “delight in him.” The Psalmist affirms that if “we delight ourselves in the LORD, he will give us the desires of our heart” (Psalm 37:4-6). “Our steps are made firm by the LORD when he delights in our way.” Even if we stumble, we will not be lost because the LORD holds us by the hand (Psalm 37:23-24). Moreover, the Psalmist affirms that the righteous are always taken care of, they do not have to go “begging for bread” (Psalm 37:25). The righteous are “ever giving liberally and lending, and their children become a blessing” (Psalm 37:26).
With all of these promises, we have no need to try to “control the our destiny” as if it is all up to us. God is in control. God is leading us. If we want to give God a laugh, then let's try to run the show! But seriously, may we take the blessings of Psalm 37 to heart. God is watching over us and guiding us with unfailing love and an outstretched hand. Take his hand.