A Season of Psalms: Psalm 14:1-3
“The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds; there is none who does good. The Lord looks down from heaven on the children of man, to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God. They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one.”
English Standard Version (ESV)
Do you remember the last time you fell for an April Fool’s joke? I’ve been fooled before, but no more so than 1994 when I read an article in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram with this headline: “Rangers Trade Juan Gonzalez for Deion Sanders.” Juan Gonzalez was having a career year for the Texas Rangers, and to be traded for Deion Sanders, who was a utility player divided between his baseball and football careers, was absolutely inconceivable to me! I went to my father and incredulously showed him the headline. He laughed and said, “Look at the date; there was no trade. The joke’s on you!”
Unfortunately, for the one who says in his heart, “There is no God,” the joke will be on them. Their actions and deeds confirm what they believe on a daily basis. What do our actions and words convey about the One in whom we believe? Do we live as the world lives, or do we live like we’re set apart from the world? Here’s what I know: for those who arrogantly declare that God does not exist and rail against any mention of His Name, the Scriptures say that all people everywhere will one day have to confess that God is indeed real.
“Come, Now is the Time to Worship” is one of my favorite worship songs, especially the part that says “One day every tongue will confess You are God, one day every knee will bow. Still the greatest treasure remains for those who gladly choose you now.” I wonder what noted atheists Christopher Hitchens and Stephen Hawking did when they passed from this world to the next and encountered the living God. Bow now and claim Him as your Lord and King, or you’ll bow when it’s too late.
Further Reading: Romans 1:18-32; Matthew 15:10-20
Pray with me:
Lord, you are our refuge and our Rock of Ages. There’s no other name worthy of all of our praise. You’ve proven yourself to be faithful and true, and we bow our hearts and our knees before you today to acknowledge your kingship and lordship over our lives. There is no god like You. This we pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.