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The fool says in his heart, "There is no God"
Psalm 14

Last week we took at look together at Psalm 8. Psalm 8 began with; "Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory in the heavens. Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?"

This morning we are going to take a look at Psalm 14 (which is repeated almost word for word in Psalm 53).

Psalm 14 begins with these words "The fool says in his heart, 'There is no God.'"

These are very pointed words. There is no subtlety in them. Yet please note the tone-Though it speaks truth in the most blunt of fashions, it is not mean spirited. It is reflective, seemingly said to the faithful, to those struggling with being oppressed for staying with God and His ways.

I chose Psalm 14 because it connects to Psalm 8!

-Psalm 8 declares the glorious existence of God and how His power and majesty is on display everywhere
-Psalm 14 alerts us to the fact that there are people who deny the obvious, there are people who deny God's existence- and more than that, they are inclined to abuse verbally and otherwise those who serve the LORD. God's estimation of such people is this, they are fools. They are corrupt. They are evil.

A note on the tone of Psalm 14

-Though it speaks truth in the most blunt of fashions, it is not mean spirited
-It is reflective, seemingly said to the faithful, to those struggling with being oppressed for staying with God and His ways.

BIG PRINCIPLE from Psalm 14:1: THE HEIGHT OF FOOLISHNESS IS TO DENY THE EXISTENCE OF GOD

In thinking of the one the Bible calls fool

A fool is not necessarily an unintelligent person. There are some people with very high IQ's who say there is no God - which is as ridiculous as saying there is no sun or that the ocean is but a figment of our imaginations. Given the irreducible complexity of the world, the design and order of all things around us- I'm always amazed when I hear of someone saying there is no God. I'm also amazed that anyone can believe a theory that declares us all to be accidents spawned from some mysterious genetic soup. Such is the height of a perverse heart and yet every child from kindergarten through university is brainwashed with this doctrine.

A fool is one who is hard of heart, one who is obstinate, they are a natural mocker, they are morally perverse in nature, they are ones bent on having others join in with them- and in this they often succeed.

Note: On screen is a picture of the human body with reference to all the systems of the body. Hard to imagine them all evolving in perfect harmony by accident- particularly given the irreducible complexity of these systems.


While there are lots of reasons to believe that God exists- Answering atheists is a hard business

Proverbs 26:4 says; "Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you yourself will be just like him."

For those who are truly interested there are reasonable answers to almost every question a person can ask. There is much evidence and reason for believing the Bible, trusting Christ with your life, and following the Lord- and yet fools are not really interested in answers. In relation to this I found a neat quick from Charles Spurgeon (a famous preacher of yesteryear) "Fools can raise more objections in an hour than wise men can answer in 7 years". It is their game to set blocks for the wise to stumble over"

The real issue: Spiritual blindness. 2 Corinthians 4:4 says; "The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God."

Got questions about God's existence???? Read the Book of Esther - It doesn't mention God's name even once and yet the thinking person will ask "How did Israel survive? Luck?coincidence? or God?"


What are we to do for those who deny God's existence and throw pointless question after question our way?

Pray for them. Love them. Warn them of the judgment to come. Hold on to your faith. Point them to Jesus. Exhort them to take hold of Christ for salvation- for Jesus came for sinners (of which we are all)- for God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked but desires that all men might be saved.

An interesting verse: Hebrews 11:6 "And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him."



THE REST OF THE TEXT--READ

ADDITIONAL OBSERVATIONS AND LESSONS FROM THE TEXT

1. While those who proclaim atheism are foolish and wicked - evil is not restricted to such ones- for all people are sinners. See v.1b,2-3

In describing the human condition before God, Romans 3:10-20 says; "As it is written:
"There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one." "Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit." "The poison of vipers is on their lips." "Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness." "Their feet are swift to shed blood; ruin and misery mark their ways, and the way of peace they do not know." "There is no fear of God before their eyes."

Romans 3:23 sums this all up by saying "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."

If you doubt this to be true consider the 10 commandments and see how you do- For instance "Have you ever misused the name of the Lord?" "Have you ever lied?" "Have you ever taken something that doesn't belong to you" "Have you had impure sexual thoughts?" "Have you always treated your parents with respect?"

POINT: WE ARE ALL SINNERS. WE ALL DESERVE TO BE PUNISHED FOR OUR SIN

While the news of Romans 3 sounds like bad news- though it is surely true, there is good news for Romans 3:24-25 goes on to say "and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood-to be received by faith."

Such exemplifies the love and grace of God who sent Jesus down to earth on a rescue mission- to save us from our sins and the judgment to come. Also see Romans 5:8


2. The righteous- though afflicted and persecuted are blessed with assurance and peace- while an inexplicable dread gnaws at the minds of those who don't know God v.4-6

Why do I mention this verse? Because the fear of death gnaws at the back of the minds of countless people.

A strange truth: While the wicked- and particularly, ardent atheists delight in attacking the righteous/those who are followers of Christ, beneath the veneer they have erected -a veneer of strength and self confidence- is fear and dread. Such is the judgment of the Lord.

Truth: Jesus' resurrection gives us who are the followers of Christ confidence that death is not the end. We are not to fear death because Jesus has been victorious over the grave. Rather, our desire is and ought to be to depart and be with Christ.

GREAT BIBLE VERSE: Hebrews 2:14-15 says; "Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death-that is, the devil- and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death


When one denies God, lowers oneself to that of an animal, and makes up their own set of rules to live by- hopelessness, lack of purpose, hatred of the things of God, and fear are their lot. The only solution to this is stop denying the obvious (that God exists) and to embrace Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.


3. THOUGH THE DAYS ARE EVIL, OUR SAVIOUR IS COMING FOR US- JESUS IS ON THE WAY with his reward v.7

In verse 7 David writes "Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!

In expressing this plea/prayer for help we are led to God's answer, we are led to Jesus.

GOD Has a plan to save His people. The righteous will be delivered. The wicked will not triumph.

Salvation did come in the form of Jesus- who came down from Heaven on a rescue mission, to save us from our sins.

Mt Zion is the hill on which David built up the city of Jerusalem. It is the city of David. It is also known as the city of God. Jesus is the eternal king promised of the line of David. Jesus is the anticipated one of v.7.

Jesus is coming- coming to judge the world in righteousness, coming to deliver his saints. For him we wait and are to wait patiently.

As we wait, we carry out the mission he has given us- to tell others the good news that their sins can be forgiven, that peace with God can be had, that death need not hold any fear for them when they are in Christ.


CLOSING SONG

Let your Kingdom come



COMMUNION- our hope in Christ

Peter, quoting Isaiah 28:16, refers to Christ as the Cornerstone of Zion: "See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame" (1 Peter 2:6).

Our hope in Jesus is not in vain!

Our hope is not in vain no matter what the mocker may say.

Our hope is not in vain no matter what trouble may come our way

We to stay faithful. We to stay ready. Feed regularly upon the Word of God that your mind may stay strong.


1 Corinthians 11:23-26

For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, "This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me."


25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me." 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.