Psalm 14: The Folly of the Unbeliever
the director of music. Of David.
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.]
The fool is revealed by his unbelief, and wrong deeds follow
fool says in his heart,
“There is no God.”
They are corrupt, their deeds are vile;
there is no one who does good.
The Lord looks for those with hearts to seek him
Lord looks down from heaven
on all mankind
to see if there are any who understand,
any who seek God.
yet in this fallen world all He sees is wrong doing [and wrong
have turned away, all have become corrupt;
there is no one who does good,
not even one.
The Lord marvel at the ignorant folly of sin, of people who don't
all these evildoers know nothing?
devour my people as though eating bread;
they never call on the Lord.
The world is in lonely despair as God turns away to the righteous
there they are, overwhelmed with dread,
for God is present in the company of the
There is a division in the world, the unrighteous against the
evildoers frustrate the plans of the poor,
but the Lord is their refuge.
David yearns for salvation to come to all his people from the
that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!
When the Lord restores his people,
let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!
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.]
to Psa 15