Psalm 14 brings out three general things as to whom God considers a fool and, in a fourth point, offers the solution.
I. The Fools 1
“The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that does good.”
While it is rightfully said that atheists will state there is no God, it can be said of those who, though they have a religion, have no continual need of God. That religion can even be tagged as Christianity.
This verse and much of its context is associated with portions of Romans 3:9-26. The essential points of the first three chapters of Romans are 1.) non-Jews are sinners, 2.) the Jews are sinners, and 3.) everyone is a sinner! That last point is succinctly summed up in Romans 3:23–” For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”
Some who name the Name of Christ do most of their praying, Holy Bible reading, and taking a stand for Jesus on Sundays. God is less often thought of throughout the week. He does not seemed to be involved in their social network activities, interaction with friends and family, absent from school or work, and so on.
“There is no God” is often the message that is sent from one’s life when one willfully sins, slacks off at work when the supervisor is not looking, entertains sinful thoughts, and more.
Rightfully God calls such people fools for they are feeding their corrupt sinful nature. Even if they do an act of mercy or some other good work, because they are not trusting in God their actions are still tagged by God as abominable and do not measure up to the standard of what God declares as good.
If one does not, by the power of God, turn from their sinful ways they sink further into the mire of sin. The image of God they were created with becomes warped. Instead of maintaining the image of the Creator it takes on the image of the creature (and this is encouraged by the teaching of evolution). Consider well Romans 1:20-27.
“For the invisible things of him since the creation of the world are clearly seen, being perceived through the things that are made, even his everlasting power and divinity; that they may be without excuse: 21 because that, knowing God, they glorified him not as God, neither gave thanks; but became vain in their reasonings, and their senseless heart was darkened. 22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God for the likeness of an image of corruptible man, and of birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things. 24 Wherefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts unto uncleanness, that their bodies should be dishonored among themselves: 25 for that they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. 26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile passions: for their women changed the natural use into that which is against nature: 27 and likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another, men with men working unseemliness, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was due.”
That sounds so much like much of the world for our time!
II. Their Floundering 2-3
“YHWH looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. 3 They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that does good, no, not one.”
God is available but people often avoid Him. Eventually each self-destruct, even those considered successful by the world. After all, unless one turns to God through Christ, eternal damnation awaits.
The repetition of “there is none that does good, no, not one” underscores the fact of one’s total depravity due to their sin nature.
While everyone is mentioned in 1-3, another group is mentioned in the next few verses as “my people” and “the righteous.” That group are those that respond to God’s Spirit and are called out from the world.
III. The Fools’ Folly 4-6
“Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon YHWH. 5 There were they in great fear: for God is in the generation of the righteous. 6 You have shamed the counsel of the poor, because YHWH is his refuge.”
Those that choose to remain a fool are declared to have no knowledge of God. Therefore, they have no lasting knowledge. Oh, they may be quite smart in the world’s eyes but their smartness will perish with them.
Some of these people turn against God’s people. The fact the Holy Scripture states “who eat up my people as they eat bread” indicates that some are so brazen they attack, in all sorts of ways, God’s people on a regular basis.
As stated earlier, they might even have a religion but nevertheless they really disregard God. Looking at verse 5 we see that they are actually afraid of God and His people.
Verse 6 brings in another characteristic of our times displaying the attitude there is no God. In fact, many governments bring the notion there is no God, so the government will be your god. Your government will provide for your every need. That is indeed most foolish becuase, like people, governments fail. They also come, then they go.
Think back to when Communism was the international bully. To my knowledge, all communistic and socialistic governments were atheistic. This spirit has infected other governments, including that of the United States.
IV. The Fix! 7
“Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! when YHWH brings back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.”
Note well that though David most likely was king of Israel when he was moved upon by the Holy Spirit to write this he did not consider himself to be the answer. That is a very important point.
Immediately when I read about Zion in this verse I must think of Christ crucified at Jerusalem and, not only crucified, but risen. While David by the Spirit might have been thinking of a military deliverance out of Zion by using the term “salvation,” surely the Holy Spirit was pointing to that time when Christ would die and rise for all. His atoning work brings true liberty to all who will embrace it.
There will also come that time when the spiritual captivity of Israel will end. May that come soon. All of this is reason to rejoice.
May all who read this article decide that their entire life, wherever they are at and whatever activity they are in, say “there is a God, and I have truly come to know Him through Christ.”
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