Vs. 1, “The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.” Our Psalm today is well known and is nearly identical to Psalm 53. 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. 4-6). Question: Where will God’s people find their hope? At a city on a hill known as Zion (vs. 7). God is king of the hill and no one is going to be able to defeat Him!
Regarding application…Ways of the Wicked. Vs. 6, “You evildoers frustrate the plans of the poor, but the LORD is their refuge.” The evildoers of this world want nothing more than to frustrate the hopes of the godly. The irony is that the more they heap destruction; the faith of the righteous only grows. The poignant stories of slavery, Nazi concentrations camps, war prisons, etc. is a practical reminder for us. Question: How does the enemy frustrate us today? I think of all the volatile places of this world that need the Gospel now more than ever. The fear of oppression, imprisonment and death are very real. I read a Fox News report last year that stated over 100,000 people die every year for their Christian faith. This is the ways of the wicked, but God is our refuge in an increasingly violent world.