He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.
One of the traps of talking about “them” is that it is easy to fall into fear and despair. Who can make war with the Beast, (Rev 13:4)? What we often tend to forget when we look at things from our own perspective is that God has an entirely different perspective:
This picture is known as “The Pale Blue Dot” which is describing that small spot in the middle of the creamy band of light. The dot is Earth from the perspective of Voyager which was 4 billion miles away at the time of this photograph.
The best joke in all of creation is an inside joke, it is God’s joke on vanity. It is when we start to get our minds off of ourselves and onto Christ that we can rejoice over His intervention into our affairs, that He would pour His Spirit out upon us. Once we get His perspective we can be “in” on the joke, we can rejoice with Him.
Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Psalms 2:4 seems so contrary to what I have been taught about God. It seems contrary to His loving and redemptive nature. In that way it is troubling. I wanted to know what other people have heard about these verses, I wanted some confirmation (2Cor. 13:1). As I was casting about for a commentary I came across this one from David Pitcairn (“The Anointed Savior” 1846):
“The expression, He that sitteth in the heavens, at once fixes our thoughts on a being infinitely exalted above man, who is of the earth, earthy. And when it is said, “HE shall laugh,” this word is designed to convey to our minds the idea, that the greatest confederacies amongst kings and peoples, and their most extensive and vigorous preparations, to defeat HIS purposes or to injure HIS servants, are in HIS sight altogether insignificant and worthless. HE looks upon their poor and puny efforts, not only without uneasiness or fear, but HE laughs at their folly; HE treats their impotency with derision. He knows how HE can crush them like a moth when HE pleases, or consume them in a moment with the breath of HIS mouth. How profitable it is for us to be reminded of truths such as these! Ah! it is indeed a vain thing for the potsherds of the earth to strive with the glorious Majesty of Heaven.”
When we consider that all the Lord has to do is show up and vanity will be destroyed, it boggles the mind. Think about it though, the separation that we suffer from will cease to exist, the separation that was inflicted upon creation (Rom 8:18-21). The creation’s subjection to vanity is going to be burned away as His presence is made known. There aren’t going to be any more hiding places from Him, no “resting place” for vanity, no more room for double-mindedness (waves/tumult/raging). Those days will be over. His presence is a baptism in fire.
And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.
Anything that we build up in ourselves God is going to mercifully destroy, He is going to receive all the glory that is due Him.
Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.
The inside joke is this, vanity only exists apart from Him, and He is coming back. The humor is in the perspective He holds.
A full reading of Colossians 1 is in order, I’ll excerpt and comment on it here.
That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;
This is operating in His presence with His power overcoming the vanity with patience, longsuffering and joy.
Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
“They” (Psa 2:2) don’t stand a chance, for us the separation from Him is already being done away with.
Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
Separation/vanity = not existing/death.
For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister; Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church: Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God; Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: (Col 1:19-27)
Reconciliation is the removal of vanity. When we are reconciled to Christ He takes preeminence in our lives, and we (Christ and us) starts building in us a lasting work on the foundation of His redemptive work. Instead of being self-centered we become Christ-centered.
Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.