Tag: Psalm 13-18

What is a ‘fool’?

Scripture reading for June 5: Psalms 13-18

“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

The fool in Scripture is the one who denies the existence of God.  Why would anyone want to deny that God exists?  Hasn’t God placed eternity in the hearts of all men? (Ecclesiastes 3:11)  Isn’t God evident to all through creation?  (Psalm 19:2-4)   The reason this kind of fool exists isn’t because of an intellectual problem.  It is something much deeper than that!

According to Psalm 14, the reason the fool says that there is no God is because of corruption of character.  These people are vile and do not do anything that would be considered ‘good’ in God’s sight.  These people avoid seeking God so that they do not have to answer for their wicked deeds.  They prefer their corruption and want no ‘God’ to interfere with their evil ways and thoughts.  It is convenient to do away with God or any knowledge of Him, thinking this liberates them from responsibility and judgment.

The Apostle Paul describes the fool’s way of thinking in Romans 1:18-23.  These people have known about God and His ways but have suppressed this truth in unrighteousness.  Having suppressed truth, the lie of their own ‘godhood’ based on their own futile thinking darkens their hearts and souls.   God allows them to follow their darkened understanding and worship creatures and creation rather than the creator. 

The next step is sexual perversion.  (Romans 1:24-27)  When a person rejects God because of their wickedness, God allows that person to be deluded and go deeply into perversion and further depravity in the breaking of God’s laws.  This results in all kinds of sexual sin, lying, greed, envy, malice, strife,  and idolatry.  This is where every ‘fool’ in Scripture ends up without the grace of God.

There is no excuse for staying a fool however, for God is always ready to save, heal and forgive.  We must humble ourselves and admit that He exists and that He will reward and forgive those who seek him.  (Hebrews 11:6)  If you have been foolish in your words or attitudes about God, take time today and repent.  God is faithful and just and will forgive you!  (1st John 1:7-9)

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Fullness of Joy

Scripture reading for June 7th: Psalm 13-18

Life is very fragile and sometimes fleeting.  Enemies lurk to trip us up.  Sickness and disease strike unexpectedly.  Economic fluctuation makes for worry and insecurity.  Relationships are sometimes fickle and our friends and close companions betray us, leaving heartache and rejection.  God’s people are not immune from these events for they live in the world that has been tainted by sin among people who are born in sin.  Thankfully, faith in God gives us revelation knowledge that results in joy in the midst of  life’s trials!

“Keep me safe, O God, for in you I take refuge.  I said to the Lord, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.”” (Psalm 16:1-2)  Prayer has been a help for God’s people from the beginning.  Adam and Eve walked with God and had sweet fellowship with Him in the Garden of Eden.  The psalmist viewed God as “my Lord”, a personal friend with whom he could converse.  This Friend was the only good thing the psalmist could count on! The psalmist also delighted in those saints who also followed God.  (Psalm 16:3)

“Lord, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure.  The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.” (Psalm 16:8-9)  God places each person where He desires.  Our “cup” is what we have and experience in daily life.  In spite of the potential for trouble, the psalmist felt secure drinking his “cup”.  He experienced joy and delight from God’s daily provision and was anticipating with delight the future inheritance that he knew was coming from Him!  Life within God’s boundaries is delightful!

“I have set the Lord always before me.  Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.  Therefore, my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay.” (Psalm 16:8-10)  This psalm is messianic!  Jesus Christ put His focus on God and rested secure.  He was raised from the dead by God’s power and is now seated at God’s right hand!  He is the path of Life!  “You have made known to me the path of life; You will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” (Psalm 16:11)

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