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The Fool Has Said in His Heart

November 20, 2014

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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.”

Love,
Margaret

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