Psalm 14: The Fool Says, There Is No God

Here’s another David psalm, this one slightly longer than last, no other special instructions on how this one should be played or sung.

Psalm 14

1The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds;
there is none who does good.

2The LORD looks down from heaven on the children of man,
to see if there are any who understand,a
who seek after God.

3They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt;
there is none who does good,
not even one.

4Have they no knowledge, all the evildoers
who eat up my people as they eat bread
and do not call upon the LORD?

5There they are in great terror,
for God is with the generation of the righteous.
6You would shame the plans of the poor,
butb the LORD is his refuge.

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

This is another psalm that puts words to the distress of one generation toward those who come after them. The last one we saw like this was Psalm 12. I found it a little entertaining that this thought process, that the next generation is so much worse than the current one, was so old. I guess it makes sense that people would be saying that since forever. I mean, Adam and Eve were thrown out of the garden for eating some fruit and then their son killed his brother so….. yeah, maybe some generations have been worse than their predecessors but it seems like there’s an ebb and flow that keeps things not quite so everything-went-to-crap.

I do appreciate that this one has some hope in the end that despite the current state of affairs, God will come back for His people and they would be generally saved from their lot in Babylon. As we know, it does eventually happen and it’s a nice thought that the writer was around to see it. Maybe. Maybe not.

Either way, this prayer does get answered and they are saved and they do return to God and then it ebbs and flows, sometimes more ebb than flow for a few generations before it all swings back the other way. It’s still comforting that others have lived with and persevered through times when the naysayers abound.

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