The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and his anointed, saying,
“Let us burst their bonds asunder, and cast their cords from us.
“He who sits in the heavens laughs; the LORD has them in derision.
These lines suggest that rulers, people held in esteem by others, or even those who just think that they are kings of the world sans God, who do not recognize God in all things, and who try to break their bonds with God, may think themselves free. However, God must just laugh at this. For how can anyone break his bond with God? It would be like a fish, breaking his bond with water, or a tree breaking its bond with the earth. We can no more separate ourselves from God than we can separate ourselves from the air that we breathe. It’s laughable to think otherwise.
This was so succinctly echoed by poet Kabir:
If you don’t break your ropes while you’re alive,
do you think
the ghosts will do it after?
I laugh when I hear that the fish in the water is thirsty.
and now, poet Hafiz…
If you think that the Truth can be known From words,
If you think that the Sun and the Ocean
Can pass throuh that tiny opening
Called the mouth,
O someone should start laughing!
Someone should start wildly laughing –