I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read the Book of Psalms. I thought I was familiar with the words of David, and others who wrote poetry for praise, worship, and confession.
Imagine my surprise today as I was preparing to write our devotion on Psalm 53 and realized that it is identical to Psalm 14.
Both Psalms begin with the following…
Only fools say in their hearts,Psalm 53:1
“There is no God.”
They are corrupt, and their actions are evil;
not one of them does good!
I paused to wonder why these words are so important that God wanted them shared multiple times. Why would He want us to know the foolishness of atheism?
He wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. For, there is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. He gave His life to purchase freedom for everyone.1 Timothy 2:4–6
It was God’s plan from the beginning. He knew we would be sinful. He knew we wouldn’t be able to save ourselves. He knew we’d need a Savior. And He chose to create us and love us anyway.
God is so rich in mercy, and He loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, He gave us life when He raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!)Ephesians 2:4–5, 8–9
It is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.
There are more than 100 verses that tell us salvation is by grace through faith. No matter how hard we try, how much we accomplish, how much we have, or how much we give . . . we can’t save ourselves.
And I believe that’s why the Lord inspired David and many others to tell us the importance of SEEKing Him.
God looks down from heaven on all mankindPsalm 53:2
to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God.
We all know the promise given in Jeremiah 29:11…
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
But not as many of us know Jeremiah 29:12–13…
Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
It’s foolish not to SEEK God. It’s foolish to believe there is no God. It’s foolish to think He doesn’t care about sin. It’s foolish to insist on going our own way. And it’s foolish to reject His saving grace, mercy, and love.
I don’t want to be foolish. I want to SEEK, KNOW, TRUST, LOVE, and OBEY the One who gave everything so that He might give you and me everything we will ever need.
By His grace and with His help, may we purposefully and diligently SEEK the Lord and His truth with all our hearts.
A Prayer to SEEK Truth and Avoid Being Foolish
Father, Your Word tells us that it’s foolish to reject Your love . . . to deny Your existence. Through Isaiah, You said, “I, even I, am the Lord, and apart from me there is no savior.” (Isaiah 43:11)
Your Spirit inspired Paul to write, “Ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made.” You make it possible for us to clearly see Your invisible qualities—Your eternal power and divine nature.” You made this world the way it is so there would be no excuse for not knowing You. (Romans 1:20)
Your Word tells us that You want us to SEEK You with all our hearts. (1 Chronicles 22:19) You want us to grow in faith and knowledge of Jesus. (2 Peter 3:18) When we trust Your guidance, You will direct our paths. (Proverbs 3:5–6)
The enemy is a deceiver. He wants us to foolishly deny Your love and existence. Please protect our hearts and minds from his lies. And help us share Your love with wisdom that many will turn to Your Word, SEEK Your truth, and respond to Your unfailing love.
Please protect us from foolishness so that we might trust Your Truth and live for Your glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Throughout Scripture, the Spirit inspired writers to tell all of humanity about the God who loves them so very much He died for them.
The Prophets said…
For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”Zephaniah 3:17
For the mountains may move and the hills disappear, but even then my faithful love for you will remain. My covenant of blessing will never be broken,” says the Lord, who has mercy on you.Isaiah 54:10
The Apostles said…
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.Romans 8:38–29 (NIV)
This is real love—not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.1 John 4:10
And Jesus, Himself said…
This is how God loved the world: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent His Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through Him.John 3:16–17
May you and I faithfully SEEK the TRUTH and KNOW God’s love so that we might avoid being foolish.
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