Praying through the Psalms

Praying through the Psalms

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

How Can Someone Deny God?

Psalm 53
For the director of music. According to mahalath. A maskil of David.
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.
God looks down from heaven
    on all mankind
to see if there are any who understand,
    any who seek God.
Everyone has turned away, all have become corrupt;
    there is no one who does good,
    not even one.
Do all these evildoers know nothing?
They devour my people as though eating bread;
    they never call on God.
But there they are, overwhelmed with dread,
    where there was nothing to dread.
God scattered the bones of those who attacked you;
    you put them to shame, for God despised them.
Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!
    When God restores his people,
    let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!

As David describes those who reject God, he calls them “fools”.  He believes the evidence for God is so clear, he can’t believe they would be so ignorant. 

There are many powerful arguments for the existence of God; among them are these:
· The Cosmological ArgumentThe existence of the universe means there must be a creator God.

· The Teleological Argument: The existence of design in the universe means there must be a designer God.

· The Anthropological Argument: The unique nature and character of humanity means there must be a relational God.

· The Moral Argument: The existence of morality means there must be a governing God.

David also makes the argument that “no one is righteous”.  Paul repeats this in Romans 5 when he says, “There is none who is righteous, no not even one.” He says all have turned away and become corrupt.  The problem with the evil doers is that they don’t even care. They are not even open to believe in God, or the salvation he might bring.  They have become hardened to spiritual matters. But David also looks forward to God’s deliverance from our inherent sinful nature when he says in verse 6,

 Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!
    When God restores his people,
    let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!

Today we have been shown the salvation God has brought in the person of his Son.  But there are still fools today that say there is no god.  Despite all the evidence they reject all the arguments posed above.  No matter how logical it is for God to exist, they deny him to their own destruction. 

So what can we do? Understand our own sinfulness and our own need for God’s salvation through Christ.  Pray for those who don’t know God that the Holy Spirit would open their hearts to the reality of God.  Live lives that honor and glorify God in our words and deeds.  Though we are not righteous, there is a Righteous One and thanks be to God for Him!

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