The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good.
2 God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God.
3 Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
4 Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread: they have not called upon God.
5 There were they in great fear, where no fear was: for God hath scattered the bones of him that encampeth against thee: thou hast put them to shame, because God hath despised them.
6 Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! When God bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.
“The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’”
David begins this song with a statement of amazement - only a fool could believe there is no God. He goes on to tell how those who have turned away from God have become corrupt. God has had to put them to shame because of the great wickedness they have embraced. Where there was once no fear, they have created such an environment that now they themselves are in great fear. Again, David expresses amazement - Do they not know God? Why do they not call on Him? God has not forgotten these who have turned away, though. He looks down from heaven to find those who seek Him. He longs to bring salvation and joy to any who are interested.
This Psalm is very real today. There are a lot of people who believe there is no Creator, no Redeemer, no Hope beyond the grave. For such a person, the fear and hopelessness in life is very real. Let’s not only embrace the True God that we worship, but pray for wisdom to share Him with those who do not know Him.
Clerk, Country Life Seventh-day Adventist Church
Cleburne, Texas USA