Psalms 53:1


“The Fool Hath Said”

Psalms 53:1 says, “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.

A fool is a person who lacks practical wisdom. It seems practical to me to acknowledge, to believe, to submit to the one true living God. After all it is God Himself, Jesus Christ, who came to this earth born of a virgin and died for my sins. Jesus Christ is a God of love who wants to guide, protect, and build up and make me into something special for him. No one in this world will ever be as good a friend as Jesus. And who will give greater comfort than the Holy Spirit can? In addition to this without God man is weak and prone to failure. Considering these truths it does seem foolish to say there is no God.

There is a close connection between man’s actions and man’s attitude towards God. Notice how the person who does not believe in God is described: corrupt, abominable, iniquity. A person who says there is no God is a person who does no good at all either in their actions or their words.

Psalms 53:2-3 says,  God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God. Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

No not one. All we like sheep have gone astray. The righteous scarcely be saved. This means that we are all guilty of being sinful fools. This means there was a day in my life when I did not believe in God. Then God looked down from heaven and worked in my life. I did not look up from the earth. God looked down from heaven. It is a miracle of the grace of God that a person can go from the state of saying there is no God to belief in Christ.

Psalms 53:4 says,  Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge? Who eat up my people as they eat bread: they have not called upon God. ” In other words, partly as a result of their ignorance and blindness to spiritual truths the lost of the world prey upon and devour the children of God. The fool hath said in his heart there is no God. Only a fool would treat the Almighty God’s children thusly.

Psalms 53:5 says,  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.

Those who say there is no God also tend to be fearful people. There is much to fear in this world when you do not have Christ as your strength. There is much to fear in this world when you do not rely upon the mercy of Christ for forgiveness of your sins. Godless people are fearful people. The solution of course is very simple instead of lying to yourself about the existence of God and denying it turn to Christ for salvation and then you will learn freedom from fear.

Psalms 53:6 says, “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.” This verse which was written before the birth of Christ is a reference to the return of Christ. When Christ returns the believer in Jesus will be freed from the prescence of sin and given a glorified body. When Christ returns the things in this world which are a captivity the believer will be freed from. What a great day to look forward too.

The fool hath said in his heart there is no God. Yet it is appointed unto man once to die and after this the judgment. It would be wise to repent of your sins and ask Christ for mercy for then shall you receive mercy for whomsoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

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