Psalm 14

Psalm 14 has David analyzing the heart of a fool.  One of the key distinctions of foolishness is how they view God.  Here, the fool says “there is no God”.  David defines those who feel this way as fools.  He isn’t inferring that they aren’t smart enough to figure out and know God.  He is referring to those who choose to reject God.  Guzik’s commentary tells us six reasons a God-denying man is a fool:

  • He denies what is plainly evident.
  • He believes in tremendous effect with no cause.
  • He denies a moral authority in the universe.
  • He believes only what can be proven by the scientific method.
  • He takes a dramatic, losing chance on his supposition that there is no God.
  • He refuses to be persuaded by the many powerful arguments for the existence of God.

This denial of God is not just an intellectual argument.  David points out that it is an issue of the heart.  It wasn’t just what the fool says, but from where he says it.  We are all sinners, but what we do with our heart determines whether we remain apart from God.  “The Lord looks down from heaven on the children of man, to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God”.  While man may wish to forget about God, God never forgets about man.

God is looking for this more as a moral and spiritual judgment, not an intellectual one; are there any people who understand His heart and plan, and who seek Him for righteousness sake.  The question is whether or not we are seeking God to gain understanding.  What He finds unfortunately is corruption and evil and people who are self-absorbed.  And those who do not know God live in terror, for while they don’t know God, they do know they are living in a way that opposes God and that they can never succeed.

David celebrates the truth of a coming restoration.  “When the Lord restores the fortunes of his people, let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad”.  We have a celebration coming as well – when Jesus returns for His second coming.  We need to anticipate that coming and be joyful as we consider it.  Jesus is coming again.  God is alive.  We have much to celebrate.  Are you focused on that good news, or caught up in the daily challenges that can pull you away from the truth of His glory and goodness?

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