Denunciation of Godlessness
To the leader. Of David.
1 Fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds;
there is no one who does good.
2 The Lord looks down from heaven on humankind
to see if there are any who are wise,
who seek after God.
3 They have all gone astray, they are all alike perverse;
there is no one who does good,
no, not 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 shall be in great terror,
for God is with the company of the righteous.
6 You would confound the plans of the poor,
but the Lord is their refuge.
7 O that deliverance for Israel would come from Zion!
When the Lord restores the fortunes of his people,
Jacob will rejoice; Israel will be glad.
Wow! What a way to make a statement! “Fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.” – King David. This psalm seems to capture David’s understanding of his days. The whole world is filled with bad, wicked people, none want to follow the righteous ways and most are enemies of God.
Now I do not know much about politics, but I have to say that he is not making too many friends. Yes, I know that the psalm is about the enemies of Israel and that King David is talking about the faithfulness of God, but boy as I was reading this psalm I was struck by the negative tone of the psalm. It kind off reminded me of Jonah crying to himself about his self-righteousness and telling God: No.
Whenever I read texts like this one, I sometimes wonder: What will it take to see God transforming that situation? It will take grace, love and maybe going out of our ways to reach out to those people. For David, it was pretty much the way of war, settling things by the way of the sword, but for Jesus, it was a little bit different. It was about sitting down and having a meal with the fools, the sinner of the world. For Jesus, it was about finding those that are lost and show them God’s love.
I would love to hear what Kind David would say about our world today, he might even add few more words to that list about fools. But that is not as important as what Jesus is saying to us today, and for me, that is as simple as asking the question: Who did you show grace to?
I pray that each day we would run into people that might be the fools that David is talking about. I pray that each one of those encounters will be filled with grace and that in each of our conversation, we can say: God loves you.