WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17
SCRIPTURE: 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”.