The warhorse that prances and charges among the trumpets is not laughing in unbelief. Absolutely not. He laughs at the utter foolishness of the enemy because he knows from whom his strength and salvation come. The Lord Sabbaoth (the God of armies) is riding on his back.
A church or people who have no intimate relationship with the fighting ability, strength, wisdom, and power of Christ cannot laugh in the midst of battle. Instead they murmur, grumble, cry, and flee.
Psalm 78:9-11 states: “The children of Ephraim, being armed, and carrying vows, turned back in the day of battle. They kept not the covenant of God, and refused to walk in his law; And forgot his works, and his wonders that he had showed them.”
It is all very well to laugh, sing, rejoice, and dance when the battle is over, but who can do these things when the battle rages? Only in Christ.
Abraham laughed the laugh of unbelief when God told him Sarai would bear him a son and her name would now be Sarah (queen or mother of princes). Abraham reasoned that he was 100 years old and Sarah 90 years old. It was laughable! He wanted Ishmael to be his heir (Genesis 17:15-18). However, Ishmael, the son of Hagar (Sarah’s bondmaid) was prophesied to be a wild man and against every man and every man against him (Genesis 16:11, 12), not the type of man through whom God wanted to bring the covenanted Promised Seed (Christ).
Sarah also laughed in unbelief when God told her she would bear a son (Genesis 18:12-15). But Sarah would indeed have a son and his name would be called Isaac, meaning laughter. Genesis 18:14 says: “ Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.”
However, in Genesis 21:6 we read about Sarah laughing the laugh of faith: “And Sarah said, God hath made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me.”
Mary also laughed the laugh of faith when she received the news that she was chosen to bring forth the long promised Messiah. When God encouraged Mary, “For with God nothing shall be impossible,“ she responded with the language of faith, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word” (Luke 1:27, 28).
What was Mary’s song of praise? “My soul doth magnify the Lord. And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior” (Luke 1:46, 47). Sounds like laughing to me!