April 06, 2021 – Tuesday
Psalm 14:1 NIV
The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.
Psalm 14:1 NKJV
The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, They have done abominable works, There is none who does good.
Psalm 14:1 NET
Fools say to themselves, “There is no God.” They sin and commit evil deeds; none of them does what is right.
Again, I am deviating from scripture verses with the word believe or belief. Why? Because last night at Bible Study we covered, eight of us, the seven verses of this Psalm for over an hour. It was verse one that fascinated me so much from the discussions and from Spurgeon’s commentary on this verse. The commentary on this verse alone was over three pages. By the way you should know this Psalm is repeated almost word for word in Psalm 53 except verses five and six are combined and six is changed.
While fool in the Old Testament generally refers to someone who is morally deficient, here it refers to an atheist which is clearly someone who is morally deficient. Oddly enough, they were not atheists as we think of atheists today but were practical atheists. When I first read that, I thought “What in the world is a practical atheist?” Various commentaries tell us practical atheists simply do not believe in moral government of God.
With that being said, it is no wonder we find, They are corrupt, their deeds are vile NIV, They are corrupt, They have done abominable works NKJV, and They are corrupt, They have done abominable works NET. No matter they version you look at They are corrupt. Spurgeon comments, The Atheist is the fool pre-eminently, and a fool universally. He would not deny God if he were not a fool by nature, and having denied God it is no marvel that he becomes a fool in practice. Because he does not believe in God or His moral governance, he becomes totally corrupt where any vile deeds or abominable works or sin and evil deeds are all possible for him. He knows no limits for his iniquity.
This also explains why many hated and detested Jesus. In his epistle John in 3:20 wrote the following, For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. Fools did not sin as all men will do, but practiced evil which led them to hate the light. They rivet their own chains by habit and continuance. (Spurgeon) This is the root of the modern-day psychopath once he convinces himself he can get away with anything because nothing is forbidden to his way of thinking.
Concerning God in this Psalm, Spurgeon notes the fool is not denying God’s being or existence, but only His providence. The fool does not say there is no Jehovah, which name of God notes His being, but denies Elohim which conveys God as the Judge and Governor of the world who watches and repays all that man has done. This the fool denies. In denying Elohim, the fool denies any need for his own repentance, a need for forgiveness and absolution from God. His own arrogance leads him straight to Hell.
Prayer: Father God, Thank You for this Psalm and the telling of just how afar one can go as a fool, as an atheist. Thank You for Your patience with me, waiting until I left my foolishness behind and embrace the wonderful salvation offered through Your Son. Your love and mercy continue to astonish me with how they abound in my life and the lives around me. – In Jesus Name. Amen.