Psalm 14: “The Fool”
This post and verse are sure not to make me any friends, but I won’t shy away from the truths that are presented in the Scriptures. Many who don’t have a relationship with true Lord will shut down after the first verse. This is because of pride. The Bible is telling the unbelieving person that they are foolish for not believing in God. Belief, by the way is more than just knowing that a God exists (Jane 2:19), but it is about surrender and dying to the old self. When you really study this psalm, though you will realize that this another lamenting psalm, where David laments over the creation who has abandoned their Creator. You see this in the final verse, where the plea for salvation is made. It is also not meant to be an insult to the non-believer, but a plea to God to change their hearts. You see, the Bible teaches that no one is good (we are all sinners), and because we rebelled from God (we all rebel when we live in sin). It is only in Christ that salvation is possible (when we are forgiven of our sin and declares righteous before God). This is only possible because of God’s grace (Ephesians 2:8-10). When we call upon the name of the Lord, we are saved (Romans 10:13). It is the power of the Holy Spirit that provides wisdom and understanding, so when one does not have the Holy Spirit, they are declared foolish because they are unwise (Proverbs 2). Wisdom leads to good works, which is a proof of our salvation (James 2). If you are reading this and are an unbeliever, know that you can be forgiven (1 John 1:9) if you confess your sin and be saved if you confess with your mouth that He is Lord (Romans 10:13). If you know someone who is not saved, Christian, pray for him or her. Remind them that the will of the Father is that none perish (2 Peter 3:9). Will you do that today?