January 20

READ Psalm 14. 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. 2 The LORD looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if
there are any who understand, any who seek God. 3 All have turned away, all have become corrupt;
there is no one who does good, not even one. 4 Do all these evildoers know nothing? They devour
my people as though eating bread; they never call on the LORD. 5 But there they are, overwhelmed
with dread, for God is present in the company of the righteous. 6 You evildoers frustrate the plans of
the poor, but the LORD is their refuge. 7 Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion! When
the LORD restores his people, let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!
FOOLISHNESS. In the Bible foolishness means a destructive self-centeredness.
Fools cannot bear to have anyone over them, and so they ignore God or deny he
exists. Some of this rebellion exists in every heart. Every sin is a kind of
practical atheism—it is acting as if God were not there. That also means that
belief in God must be a gift. This psalm is famously quoted in Romans 3:11:
“There is no one who seeks God.” Left to ourselves, we would never want to
find God, much less know him. So take heart . . . If you want God, it is because
he wants you to find him.
Prayer: Lord, I often struggle with doubts about you, and this psalm makes me
realize they don’t all come from my intellect and mind—many come from my
heart. Part of me doesn’t want there to be a God I have to obey. Increase my
faith, through your Word and Spirit, and through believing friends, “the
company of the righteous.” Amen.

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