Psalm 14

Greetings!

I love verse 1.  Ironically, many times it is the most intelligent people who work overtime denying God’s existence or creating him in their own image.  Unitarians have the highest average IQ of any religious organization, but they hold some of the most intellectually bankrupt notions about God and religion (namely that Christianity and other religions can be true at the same time). 

Verse 1 reminds me of Romans 1, which, among other things, states that, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse” (verse 20) .

And verse 3 reminds me of Romans 3:23 – “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

But I shouldn’t be too hard on the Unitarians and the like.  Christians are saved through God’s grace, not by any works or righteousness of our own. 

Psalm 14

For the director of music. Of David.

 1 The fool [a] says in his heart,
       “There is no God.”
       They are corrupt, their deeds are vile;
       there is no one who does good.

 2 The LORD looks down from heaven
       on the sons of men
       to see if there are any who understand,
       any who seek God.

 3 All have turned aside,
       they have together become corrupt;
       there is no one who does good,
       not even one.

 4 Will evildoers never learn—
       those who devour my people as men eat bread
       and who do not call on the LORD ?

 5 There they are, overwhelmed with dread,
       for God is present in the company of the righteous.

 6 You evildoers frustrate the plans of the poor,
       but the LORD is their refuge.

 7 Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!
       When the LORD restores the fortunes of his people,
       let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 14:1 The Hebrew words rendered fool in Psalms denote one who is morally deficient.  

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3 Responses

  1. Bob, thanks for the link. I enjoyed your detailed analysis of the Psalm and the word “fool” in particular.

  2. This psalm is true. I talked to an atheist. This person was everything that is said in this psalm. I didn’t want to believe it, but it was proven to me.

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