Today is a gloomy day in Phoenix . . . Clouds are building up, and the sun isn’t shining at all. Psalm 14 is a bit the same: it’s a gloomy one that references fools who don’t believe there is a God, and the wicked. I can’t imagine how that makes God feel . . . is He used to rejection?
To see the people who He has created refuse to believe, love and worship Him . . . it must be heartbreaking. When my children were young, they would sometimes get mad at me for making a decision they thought was unreasonable. I remember one time my youngest told me “I will never talk to you again and I don’t love you anymore.”
That hurt me deeply for about 5 minutes . . . and she ran to me, tears streaming down her face, telling me how much she did love me and would forever. I think that is what God wants to hear too.
As I read this short Psalm, I still found hope. There is hope to be found as we seek God as our refuge. We also seek Him for love, for salvation, for help, and for comfort. And God looks down upon us, and peers deep into our hearts, knowing we are not fools, but wise men and women, who have placed our trust in Him.
Source: The Psalms Project
The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds,
there is none who does good.
2 The Lord looks down from heaven on the children of man,
to see if there are any who understand,
who seek after God.
3 They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt;
there is none who does good,
not even one.
4 Have they no knowledge, all the evildoers
who eat up my people as they eat bread
and do not call upon the Lord?
5 There they are in great terror,
for God is with the generation of the righteous.
6 You would shame the plans of the poor,
but the Lord is his refuge.
7 Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!
When the Lord restores the fortunes of his people,
let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad.