Today's encouragement comes from Psalm 59:8, where we read these words:
"But You, O LORD, shall laugh at them; You shall have all the nations in de-rision."
God's "belly-laughs" are not always brought on by some silly (or funny) things His creatures do (perhaps, even innocently). In the verse above, the Lord is hooting over the foolishness and stupidity of His enemies, who think they can take Him on and overcome the Creator (who made them).
In reality, life is no "laughing matter"; and God calls on His whole world to worship Him (alone)—through Christ. The fact of the matter, however, is that only the faithful church actually practices this (proper worship). Those who love Jesus will be vilified by those who hate Him. But the same Lord who "laughs" at the wicked also blesses His true children.
[Puritan quote of the day: "What peace or comfort had Judas in the sight of his thirty pieces of silver?” —William Bridge, in, "A Lifting Up for the Down-cast"]