The Old Testament records the laughter of God no fewer than seven times on at least six occasions. Consistently, though, it is derisive laughter directed at those who are wicked – at Sennacherib of Assyria (2 Kings 19:21; Isaiah 37:22), at unrepentant sinners (Proverbs 1: 26), at those plotting against the just (Psalms 37:13), or at the vain kings of the earth (Psalm 2:4). Admittedly, the thought of the Almighty Creator laughing at lesser creations hardly strikes us mere mortals as particularly comic. Like Job, we cynically see ourselves as righteous victims of some sort of a supernatural practical joke, believing that God “mocks at the calamity of the innocent” (Job 9:23). However, from His divine perspective, it is precisely our own posturing of innocence and righteousness that is so laughably ludicrous.
The astonishment soon passed off, the scales seemed to drop from his eyes, and the book became at once and for ever to him the great human and divine book, and the men and women, whom he had looked upon as something quite different from himself, became his friends and counsellors.