4 The One enthroned in heaven laughs;
the Lord scoffs at them.
5 He rebukes them in his anger
and terrifies them in his wrath, saying,
6 “I have installed my king
on Zion, my holy mountain.”
The Psalmist pictures God’s response to those who oppose him and his chosen King over Israel, and pictures him laughing at their efforts, knowing he is far stronger and mightier than they can ever be, his will is sovereign. This reflects the imagery of Revelation where all will bow down and worship before God’s throne. At the same time, perhaps we also need to read this in light of the way Christ brought in his reign on the Cross, not a reign of brute force or anger, but of expressing his power and might through service and the exercise of sacrificial love.
Lord, may we build our lives in recognition of both your sovereign power and the gracious way in which you exercise it.