May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him. - Romans 15:13

A Devotional Thought on Psalm 14

“The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’” I can’t help but think of humanism in our modern culture, the propensity for the “educated” to deny God. Sometimes we wish things could be like the good old days – but clearly this same attitude has persisted in mankind since the fall (i.e., What good old days?). David’s criticism is cutting and powerful. What’s somewhat unexpected for me, though, are verses 2-3: The LORD considers all of mankind, every human being, to be this fool. I am that fool by nature; given my own way, I will always choose to deny God. In a few verses, this psalm has put my own natural sinful state in perspective. Praise God I trust in the foolishness of God!

Psalm 14
For the director of music. Of David.
1 The fool[a] says in his heart,
    “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, their deeds are vile;
    there is no one who does good.
2 The Lord looks down from heaven
    on all mankind
to see if there are any who understand,
    any who seek God.
3 All have turned away, all have become corrupt;
    there is no one who does good,
    not even one.
4 Do all these evildoers know nothing?
They devour my people as though eating bread;
    they never call on the Lord.
5 But there they are, overwhelmed with dread,
    for God is present in the company of the righteous.
6 You evildoers frustrate the plans of the poor,
    but the Lord is their refuge.
7 Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!
    When the Lord restores his people,
    let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!
Psalm 14:1 The Hebrew words rendered fool in Psalms denote one who is morally deficient.

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