God’s Ridicule and Judgment (Psalm 2:4)


Psalm 2 describes wicked leaders who thought they could successfully oppose God and His Anointed. The psalmist indicated that the Lord will “laugh” at them, which meant to convey the absurdity of man’s attempt to defy God. Those who persist in this invite not only His ridicule but also His Judgment.

W. S. Pulmer tells what became of godless men and women who persecuted Christians and sent believers to their deaths. Of thirty such Roman officials, Pulmer says, “one became deranged after some atrocious cruelty, one was slain by his own son, one became blind, one was drowned, one was strangled, one died in a miserable captivity, two committed suicide, five were assassinated by their own people or servants, five others died the most miserable and excruciating deaths, … and either were killed in battle or after being taken prisoner. Among these was Julian the apostate. In the days of his prosperity, he is said to have pointed his dagger to heaven, defying the Son of God, whom he commonly called “the Galilean.” But when he was wounded in battle and saw that all was over for him, he exclaimed, ‘Thou hast conquered, O Thou Galilean.’”

God’s laughter at sinners is no laughing matter. “Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish in the way, when His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him” (Psalm 2:12). – Richard W. De Haan

Playing with sin is toying with judgment.

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