The Fool Has Said in His Heart
The Fool Has Said in His Heart
Over all the years of time, people have not changed. King David dealt with the same kinds of people that we have all around us today. Having all sorts of technology and scientists specializing in all sorts of fields of science today has not changed the hearts of people.
So, we can relate to King David when he wrote Psalm 14. Here it is in its entirety to compare David’s observances with today.
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?
There they are in great dread,
For God is with the righteous generation.
You would put to shame the counsel of the afflicted,
But the LORD is his refuge.
O that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion!
When the LORD restores His captive people.
Jacob will rejoice, Israel will be glad.
David was close to the LORD in many special ways. God gave him the ability to kill the giant Goliath. God enabled him to defeat armies that were so much greater than his own. And God saved him many times from King Saul’s attempts to kill him.
From his early youth and through all these dangerous experiences, God’s help was obvious. With a very grateful heart, David sang songs of praise and thanksgiving — even in the depths of his troubles — because he trusted that the LORD would come to his rescue.
And, God always did rescue him. God rescued David because David had a faith that sincerely trusted in the Lord — and, David knew how to truthfully say, “Thank You!” for every time he was blessed.
All those enemies that David faced were people who denied the love and power of the LORD. They were people who mocked God, and like Saul, were defiantly disobedient to God’s direct commands.
That is why David is so grieved in his heart about anyone who denies the existence of God and His power. It is with great sadness that David notes their foolishness. David also saw that those who challenge the reality of God are much more willing to commit terrible sins because they feel they will get away with it — and are getting away with it right now. So, they lack a respect for the rights of other people also.
When David says, “You would put to shame the counsel of the afflicted, but the LORD is his refuge,” he’s referring to how the wicked mock God’s people and constantly make fun of their goodness. The wicked try to make God’s people look foolish for trusting in the LORD. They ridicule God’s word and claim it’s no different than any other religious teaching in this world. When Christians point out that certain deeds are sins in God’s sight, they belligerently laugh and say they have a right to live any way they please.
God is the refuge of His people and His judgment day for all will come. David longs for that day and knows that God’s people will be glad when it does come.
But, what does that say for the foolish, who still claim there is no God? They have no understanding. They refuse to seek after God, even in their own woes. They love their corrupt ways and refuse to change.
Because they deliberately refuse to listen to their conscience, they are hardening their own hearts. They are choosing their own fate and daring God to judge them. They are mocking their own Creator and Redeemer, who is patiently waiting for them to repent. But, they won’t. That is why they are fools. They are despising the LORD, who is infinitely greater than they could ever dream.
We are sad for them, but there isn’t anything we can do to help them, since all efforts to help them are refused. We can only leave them and put them in God’s hands. God knows their every thought and intention. Only He will set the record straight in the end.
With David, we look to our LORD for His salvation and — with David — we praise the LORD for His faithful love and tender care. And so we say, “Hallelujah! The LORD is almighty forever.”
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He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming to the upright.
How blessed are those who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.