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FRAMEWORKS: Psalm 14: The Folly of the Unbeliever


For the director of music. Of David.


[Preliminary Comments: Another short and simple song from David. He looks at his people and sees only unrighteousness [v.1b.3] and identifies each such person as ‘a fool', these unbelievers [v.1a] who instead of having a right respect for God, have a dread [v.5] about Him [?expecting His judgment]. Their folly is made worse by the fact that they seek to oppress the righteous poor [v.5,6] and in that they oppose God who is the refuge of the poor.]



v.1 The fool is revealed by his unbelief, and wrong deeds follow


v.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.


v.2 The Lord looks for those with hearts to seek him


v.2  The Lord looks down from heaven
    on all mankind
to see if there are any who understand,
    any who seek God.

v.3 yet in this fallen world all He sees is wrong doing [and wrong thinking]


v.3  All have turned away, all have become corrupt;
    there is no one who does good,
    not even one.


v.4. The Lord marvel at the ignorant folly of sin, of people who don't seek Him


v.4  Do all these evildoers know nothing?

They devour my people as though eating bread;
    they never call on the Lord.

v.5. The world is in lonely despair as God turns away to the righteous


v.5  But there they are, overwhelmed with dread,
    for God is present in the company of the righteous.

v.6 There is a division in the world, the unrighteous against the protected poor


v.6  You evildoers frustrate the plans of the poor,
    but the Lord is their refuge.


v.6 David yearns for salvation to come to all his people from the Lord.


v.7  Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!
    When the Lord restores his people,
    let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!



[Additional Thoughts: The condition of the ‘unbeliever' is clearly identified by David: they are fools [v.1a], they are corrupt and vile [v.1b], they have turned away from what they could have been [v.3], they are ignorant [v.4a], they oppose God's real people [v.4b], they never think to call on the Lord [v.4c], they are full of dread [v.5], and they upset the poor [v.6a]. The psalm thus becomes an expression of David's yearning that all such people in his land will be dealt with by the Lord and the land changed and the nation restored to their right relationship with the Lord.]



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