Today you should read: Psalm 53
Psalm 53 was written by David about the depravity of man. Wikipedia defines depravity: As a consequence of the Fall of Man, every person born into the world is enslaved to the service of sin and, apart from the efficacious or prevenient grace of God, is utterly unable to choose to follow God or choose to accept salvation as it is offered. Not bad!
If this Psalm seems familiar, it’s because it’s the second time David has received it from the Lord. See Psalm 14. This is a song of man’s disease – his most grievous problem – sin.
“The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God.” (v.1) The great theologian, Charles Spurgeon, wrote about this: “and this he does because he is a fool. Being a fool he speaks according to his nature; being a great fool he meddles with a great subject, and comes to a wild conclusion. The atheist is, morally as well as mentally, a fool, a fool in the heart as well as in the head; a fool in morals as well as in philosophy. With the denial of God as a starting point, we may well conclude that the fool’s progress is a rapid, riotous, raving, ruinous one. He who begins at impiety is ready for anything. No God, being interpreted, means no law, no order, no restraint to lust, no limit to passion.”
Craig Groeschel writes and talks about how we can be atheists – even as Christians. He describes what he calls a practical atheist. This is a person, who although they may believe in God internally, lives as if they don’t. They go about their daily routine (with the possible exception of Sunday morning) living just like God doesn’t exist. So in practicality – they are atheists – living without God. Does that describe you? Are you a practical atheist?
Verse 3 is often quoted as Romans 3:10-12. Verse four asks, “will those who do evil never learn?” What a probing question, even to those of us who know and love God. Will we ever learn? The children of Israel never seemed to… what about you?
As you go about your day, have some pity for those you see – groping around in darkness, because they have not seen the light. So today…be the Light! Share the Light! Turn the Light On!!
Posted by: Tim Parsons