Psalm 2:4 declares that “He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. The laughter of God results from the preceding verse taking place due to rebellion from kings and rulers saying, “Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us” in Psalm 2 verse three.
There is always a good punch line to humor.
Human beings convey a variety of emotions, and since we are made in the image of God, it would follow that our emotional makeup would include laughter and humor. Although one can find humor in a variety of serious issues, we receive this gift of laughter or humor to help us deal with problems or tribulations. Comic relief can be a good thing.
As serious as persecution is, some Jews have a morbid sense of humor regarding the consequences of being God’s chosen people. It is said some quip, “Couldn’t have G-d chosen somebody else?” One has to admire finding dark humor in the historical suffering of the Jews.
Dark satirical humor is a therapeutic release for human beings in several forms. One type involves making fun of others at the expense of others. There was a film released September 26th, Friday making fun of Christians called “Believe Me” which stars agnostics and atheist ridiculing Christian values. Not much acting is required. It is too easy spoofing other people’s values that you do not agree. It is also a bit tart when you satire Christians as being dishonest when you actually believe Christians lack integrity.
However HBO’s “Real Time” Bill Mayer recently took part in a video where he made fun of atheism as an avowed atheist, even calling atheists “stupid”. One may not agree with Mayer’s philosophy, but you have to respect someone willing to make fun of their own belief system and does not take oneself too seriously.
Perhaps something is lost in the translation when God “laughs” at the actions of the wicked that plots against the just as reported in Psalm 37:13, or in Psalm 59:8 when God will laugh at the confusion of those in rebellion. God does not always answer by wrath when tribulation comes to those working evil. Those that rebel are caught by their own devices.
As much as the conversation may turn to God or Jesus smiling, there is no record in the Torah or Holy Scriptures that articulates this form of humor or reserved laughter. The joy of the Lord is clearly communicated in dozens of scriptures which stipulates a state of being rather than short displays of laughter only.
Physically laughter releases powerful endorphins into the blood steam which benefits health immensely.
In Proverbs 17:22 it declares, “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” Medically it confirms that laughter can boost your health tremendously and stimulate recovery much better than being down in the dumps.
Those that are aware of God’s nature also know that God is not some out of control authority looking to hurl a thunderbolt at the slightest provocation. The Bible says God is slow to anger and not in a hurry to judge, for it is God’s desire that all come to repentance, thus God is not in a rush to punish anyone. God exhibits patience, grace, and mercy to His creation and spirits created that are housed in vessels of flesh. The Bible documents instances where long periods of time elapsed before God took action. It could be generations or centuries before God would act against sin, hardly examples of being out of control.
Homo sapiens represent the image of God with emotions, feelings, and of course the ability to create or destroy. Humor and laughter are raw unrefined characteristics that can find levity in any situation. The ability to laugh and find humor is an attribute from our Creator. One needs to use a little wisdom and self-control regarding the proper time to express one’s humor.
Humor can be a matter of proper timing and delivery.