“He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; the Lord shall hold them in derision.” Psalm 2:4
In warfare there are only two scenarios that generally lead to victory. The first is an attack or strategy that comes as a complete surprise to your opponent. The second is for one side to have such overwhelming superiority in troops, armament, location, and ability that victory is assured even if there’s a surprise.
When it comes to the war between good and evil on this earth, Satan is marshaling his resources so as to have overwhelming superiority over the people of God so that he can have victory over God in the the redemption of this world.
At every turn he has devised temptations and deceptions but he doesn’t stop at simply trying to lure us into sin. If possible he’ll compel us into rejecting God and turning from doing His will.
Psalm chapter two verses two and three explicitly tells us that the kings of the earth set themselves against God and take counsel against Him and his Messiah. Their attitude is that God’s ways and requirements are so limiting and oppressive to them so as to be like being in bondage. “Let us break Their bonds in pieces and cast away Their cords from us,” they say.
What is God’s attitude regarding the plotting and maneuverings of the rulers of the world?
Our focus text sums it up with these words, “He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; the Lord shall hold them in derision.”
Scripture tells us that all wisdom is his, he knows the beginning from the end, his resources are limitless, and his strength is unsurpassed. Nothing ever takes God by surprise.
And as for his people, scripture tells us that he will keep in perfect peace all those who trust in him (see Isaiah 26:3), and that he is able to save to the uttermost all those that come to him (see Hebrews 7:25).
To his Son, to his anointed, God says, “Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession.”
In the wilderness the tempter offered the Son of God the kingdoms of the world in exchange for a single act of worship, and he makes similar overtures to you and me. He promises us the world but it’s all a lie. He cannot give what he doesn’t possess.
Our Heavenly Father, however, is sovereign over all the universe and he offers us sonship and an inheritance and if we’ll in meekness receive him he’ll give us forgiveness, salvation, life, and the earth.