It’s amazing to think that our current culture would call atheists the most intelligent, progressive “thinker” in today’s society when the Bible calls them fools. David starts off Psalm 14 telling us how stupid it is to say in your heart “there is no God.” On the surface, you may meet moral atheists but God uses David to show us that in their hearts they are corrupt, they do abominable deeds and that no one does good. He repeats himself on original sin in verse 3 and shares how God is looking down on this earth and can’t find anyone who understands or seeking after God (v. 2). Instead they persecute the righteous and the poor (v. 4-5).
You may believe that we are living in a similar situation with the world, becoming more anti-Christian and the praise for evil over good. I personally don’t think we are on that level of persecution but it can still be discouraging trying to love others while holding onto Biblical convictions and sharing the Gospel with people who straight up reject or mock it. However, I do know that verse 7 is just as true today as it was when David wrote it.
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.
You may feel like you need to be rescued or be overwhelmed with wishing that the world would feel that way as they continue to choose sin. Like salvation for God’s people came out of Zion or His sanctuary, we have Jesus and He restores the fortunes of his people when we experience the discouragement of people who reject God or persecute us. In spite of our circumstances, let’s find refuge in that promise of salvation and rejoice like Jacob and Israel because we are the new Israel and salvation is here.
- How have you been discouraged in people who don’t seek God or in persecution by others because of your beliefs?
- Do you look at the salvation God has given you through the Gospel as a refuge? How can you rejoice trusting in that promise?
By: Erik Koliser