"The fool says in his heart, 'There is no God' … There is no one who does good … All have turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good." – Psalm 14:1, 3 NIV
On the surface, this psalm seems directed against those openly denying the existence of God. But, in fact, the principles articulated here have implications for everyone.
What David learned was how easy it can be for anyone to forget about God and to go his own way. And he learned the importance of focusing on God, placing Him first, seeking Him, trusting in Him, thinking about Him, and being guided by His principles. These attitudes are the foundation for a life of blessing.
This is true for everyone. Yes, denying His existence leads to a life without His blessing, protection, and wisdom. But even those who superficially believe in Him can act as if He does not exist.
Without a consciousness of God, we can believe any argument. When we stop focusing on Him, we can embrace any lifestyle. We can drift into any belief system and develop our own interpretations of events. We can follow any magnetic personality or be enticed by any clever-sounding teaching.
The sure path is to stay focused on God. To be committed to constant prayer, remembering that He is with us, all the time. To be sensitive to His Spirit. To live according to His Word.
In your life, seek to have a more intimate relationship with God. Read and study His Word. Spend time in prayer. Commit the issues of your life to Him.
PrayerFather, help me to focus on You. I know that You always are with me. Guide me in the decisions I make. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Extended ReadingPsalm 14