Vs. 1, “The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, and their ways are vile; there is no one who does good.” Our Psalm today is nearly identical to Psalm 14. It is likely modified to account for a specific circumstance where God brought victory to Israel. There are two distinct variations from these two similar psalms. Instead of the use of the word LORD (YHWH), the psalter replaces it with God (Elohim) the more generic form throughout the psalm. Another variant is found in verse 5 where the power of God is actually used against the wicked in our psalm today. We humans are a foolish people (vs. 1-3). Yet, the world looks at Christians as the fools. It’s important to note that King David is using hyperbole again to share the reality of many, not all. Not only are they fools, but they are evildoers who will one day be overwhelmed with dread (vs. 4-5). Question: Where will God’s people find their hope? At a city on a hill known as Zion (vs. 6). God is king of the hill and no one is going to be able to defeat Him!
Regarding application…Foolish Ways. The atheist will say, “It is irrational to believe in God if there is no evidence.” God has given us plenty of evidence! We all have the same evidence; it’s just how we interpret it with our minds and hearts. God reveals Himself through general revelation; evidence of God in creation. God also reveals himself through special revelation; bible, Holy Spirit, miracles, etc. In the end, the Apostle Paul reminds us that we are without excuse (Romans 1:20). Many may claim they believe in God, but they live like He doesn’t exist. Let us not fall into such foolish ways!