Knowing Christ in Psalm 14 (part 1 of 2)

The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds;
There is no one who does good.
The Lord has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men
To see if there are any who understand,
Who seek after God.
They have all turned aside, together they have become corrupt;
There is no one who does good, not even one.
Do all the workers of wickedness not know,
Who eat up my people as they eat bread,
And do not call upon the Lord?
Psalm 14:1-4

We may say many great and agreeable things, but it is the words spoken in our heart that reveal our true nature and character. These words spoken in the deep, dark corners of our hearts are not hidden from God. The Lord tells us that He searches the heart and examines the mind (Jeremiah 17:10) and before a word is on our tongue, He knows it completely (Psalm 139:4). There are no secrets from God.

Now, the Bible has much to say about fools, and Proverbs is a great place to start:

“Fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 1:7
“A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.” Proverbs 18:2
“A fool’s lips walk into a fight, and his mouth invites a beating.” Proverbs 18:6
“A fool always loses his temper” Proverbs 29:11

David reveals in this Psalm what is at the foundation of all the actions of fools…They don’t truly believe in God. Romans 1:20-23 speaks of this foolishness:

“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.” 

Now, some may claim to be spiritual or believe in a “god”, ultimate power, or force in the universe, but if you deny the God of the Bible, the God of David, then you are a fool. This may seem harsh, but David is not singling out a specific person or group of people. No, David is being much more inclusive then that.

“There is no one who does good.
The Lord has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men
To see if there are any who understand,
Who seek after God.
They have all turned aside, together they have become corrupt;
There is no one who does good, not even one.”

So…No one does good? All have turned away? No one seeks after God?

***See Romans 3:9-19 if you need further convincing…

Does this mean that everyone is a fool? If that’s true, then who are the ones who are being eaten up by the wicked and foolish? How are they not counted with the fools? Titus 3:3 says that even those who believe were once foolish, but something changed. How did they get rid of their dark, foolish heart?

They had a heart transplant…

“I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.” Ezekiel 36:25-27

Fools do not “call upon the Lord”. Something must change in us before that can happen. We must be given a new heart before we can ever expect to “call upon the Lord”. The Spirit must move us to follow Him. Graciously, the Lord moves in the the hearts of foolish men and women. He has entrusted us with the good news that Jesus came to save fools. Call on the Lord, you who were once foolish and share the Gospel with this foolish world. Pray for those still lost in their foolishness and remember your own, for there is no hope for the fool except the Lord.

“For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another. But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” Titus 3:3-7

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