Psalm 14: 1-7…..Dare I call another a fool?

The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds;
there is none who does good.
The LORD looks down from heaven on the children of man,
to see if there are any who understand,
who seek after God.
They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt;
there is none who does good,
not even one.
Have they no knowledge, all the evildoers
who eat up my people as they eat bread
and do not call upon the LORD?
There they are in great terror,
for God is with the generation of the righteous.
You would shame the plans of the poor,
but the LORD is his refuge.
Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!
When the LORD restores the fortunes of his people,
let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad.

Comment: Who is correct? The highly educated, very knowledgeable, even wise man of today, who vehemently says that there is no God? Or this countryside king wandering the face of the earth centuries ago, who cries out that to deny God is the epitome of foolishness? One is looking at things from a very self-centered human point of view, David claims to know the mind of God as He, God, looks into the heart of all humans and sees the lostness of humankind in their relationship to Him. As I read on through the psalm I have the feeling that David is underlining and writing in red the phrase ‘Says in his heart’. For it doesn’t need to be verbalised, it may just be a life centred on itself and its own desires rather than seeking God and His standards and purposes. The words ‘all and any’ occurs several times – does that or doesn’t that include me?

Prayer: Help me to be completely honest with You, O God!

One thought on “Psalm 14: 1-7…..Dare I call another a fool?

  1. Thank you Barry for your comments on this Psalm. David wrote these words many centuries ago, and yet they ring true for us in today’s world. The verse in Isaiah 64:6 which says, “All our righteousness is as filthy rags”, expresses the thought that no matter how good we think we are, and no matter how many ‘good’ things we do, unless we are clothed in God’s righteousness, through being washed and cleansed in the blood of Jesus our Saviour, we are nothing, and we can do nothing good. “Without Him we can do nothing” John 15.5b. God bless you.

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