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Psalm 14





This Psalm starts with a startling statement: “The fool has said in his heart there is no God”.  The concept of fool here is not just an intellectual deficiency.  It also includes a moral deficiency.  In the Hebrew, the word Nabal refers to a stupid and wicked person.

The practical result of being such a fool is there is no reason for any morality.  If there is indeed no God, then there is no reason to live a particular way.  If there is no God, then you can live with impunity.  As the rest of verse 1 says, they are, therefore, corrupt.  The concept of corrupt here refers to destruction or spoiling.  They are also guilty of abominable or vile deeds.  These would be things that God hates. 

There is a great lesson here for us as individuals, families, and as a country.  The further we get away from God, the worse we become.  The more we convince ourselves that there is no God, the more evil and abhorrent we will become.  As our nation continues to turn away from God, we have readily accepted any lifestyle that anyone wants to live as a personal choice and even as a civil right.  The result is a most immoral culture and a worsening spiritual darkness.

Regardless of how bad humanity becomes, God is still on His throne.  He is still in power.  And His plan is still in place.  In verse 2, He looks down upon all humanity to see if there are any who understand.  The word understand here refers to a wisdom or an intelligence.  In other words the one who is wise is the opposite of the one who is the fool in verse one.  Don’t miss the fact that the fool says there is no God.  But the wise seek after God.

As the Psalmist continues he speaks in absolutes: all have turned aside.  In verse 3, we read that “together” they have become corrupt.  As evil men cooperate, their corruption multiplies.  The word corrupt here, by the way, means spoiled as in spoiled milk.

In verse 4, the Psalmist characterizes those who are evil doers because they are fools.  He says they devour God’s people like someone would eat bread. But the reality is they should be in great dread because God is always on the side of the righteous.  Evil people may try to take advantage of the poor but God is their refuge, their safe place.

As the Psalm comes to close, the Psalmist looks to the establishment of God’s Kingdom on this earth.  This overlooks the time that Jesus would come as the suffering servant who would be the Savior of the World.  It instead looks to the time of the Millennial Kingdom when Jesus will set up His Kingdom over this world.

The Psalm ends with the thought that the establishment of this kingdom should bring great joy and gladness to the people of God.  As the John the Revelator wrote at the end of the Revelation: “Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus”.

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Psalm 13




 SCRIPTURE: Psalm 13

There is loneliness and then there is a loneliness of the soul.  The loneliness of the soul is a deep down kind of isolation that makes us feel alone in sometimes desperate always discouraging ways.  One of the crazy things about this loneliness of the soul is that we can experience it even while we are surrounded by people. 

As David opens this Psalm, I am more than convinced that he is struggling with this loneliness of the soul.  In fact, the loneliness he is experiencing even includes the fact that God seemed far, far away.

In verse 2, we find that David is left alone to wrestle with his own thoughts.  While there are times we should wrestle with our own thoughts, there are other times when those thoughts take us to even more difficult places.

When we get to verses 3-4, we find David continuing to cry out to God.  Even in the midst of this season of the loneliness of his soul, David has not given up on God.  He knows God is there even if it might feel like He is not.  Remember our feelings can lie to us.  We need to operate out of the truth that we know instead of what we feel.

David continues to plead for an answer from God for a couple of reasons.  One, he needs to hear from God.  Two, he doesn’t want his enemies to get the upper hand in this situation and gloat over David’s demise.

And then we come to the last two verses of this short Psalm.  And it seems like everything has made a 180 degree turn.  As Psalm 30:5 says, “Weeping may last through the night but joy comes in the morning”.  The times of our loneliness are replaced with joy of our relationships. 

David trusts in God’s steadfast love or loyal love.  The NIV calls this an unfailing love.  As we have seen in other Psalms, this loyal love is actually is actually a covenant love.  It is the love God has for us that causes Him to initiate a covenant with us.  In the Old Testament that covenant revolved around the Law.  In the New Testament that covenant revolves around Jesus.  Just remember this covenant love is a never ending love. 

As David thinks about how God chose to have this personal relationship with him, his loneliness is replaced with joy.  The thoughts he was struggling with turned to praise. 

David ends this Psalm with the great truth that God had been good to him.  That is a great truth to carry around all day.  God has been good.  And because God has been good, we have great hope that He will be good.

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