The fool says in his heart, "There is no God"
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
-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
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
Proverbs 26:4 says; "Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you yourself will be just like
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
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
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
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.
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
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.