Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Yahweh Laughs Again

The wicked plots against the just,
And gnashes at him with his teeth.
The Lord laughs at him
For He sees that his day is coming.
(Psalm 37:12-13)
In Psalm 2, we see that the LORD laughs at the nations in their rage because they cannot do anything to stop or hinder His plans. For He has already anointed and established His King.

Now in Psalm 37, we see the LORD laughing again, this time at the plots of the wicked against the just. He laughs because He sees that, not only will His own plans come to full fruition, but the plans of the wicked will reduce to nothing. For their day is coming, the day of their destruction. God will not have to lift a finger, it will happen of its own accord. They will fall apart under their own weight.

It is a matter of sowing and reaping. God established that principle in the world at the very beginning of creation: Everything brings forth after its kind. In the New Testament, Paul put it this way,
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. (Galatians 6:7-8)
Harvest is the judgment of God. If you sow good, you will reap good, and the judgment is favorable for you. If you sow evil, you will reap evil, and the judgment will be favorable for those against whom you have sown. No wonder God laughs. His judgment on the wicked is that He lets them reap what they have sown:
The wicked have drawn the sword
And have bent their bow,
To cast down the poor and needy,
To slay those who are of upright conduct.
Their sword shall enter their own heart,
And their bows shall be broken.
(Psalm 37:14-15)
That is why David begins this psalm with “do not fret.”
Do not fret because of evildoers,
Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity.
For they shall soon be cut down like the grass,
And wither as the green herb.

Trust in the LORD and do good;
Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
Delight yourself also in the LORD,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
(Psalm 37:1-4)
Trust in the LORD and sow good seed, and your harvest will be very pleasant. Sow bad seed, and your harvest will hit you hard. It is the difference between God laughing with you and God laughing at you. “With” is better.

(See also Yahweh Laughs)