Psalm 14: The Foolish Atheist


(7 verses, 0:25 to read)

What I am about to READ

This psalm highlights the depth of human sin, especially as sin attacks those whom the Lord loves.


“The fool says in his heart, ‘there is no God’” Many did not believe in God even in the time when this psalm was written, and how true it is now!  To not acknowledge the God who made one is foolish, says David, but this unbelief also breeds all sorts of evil and corruption.  This psalm speaks of the wicked performing abominable deeds (vs. 1) and in their ignorance (vs. 2) they subject the poor (vs. 6).

The wickedness of persistent unbelief gives rise to viewing others as objects to be used rather than creations of God. If God did not make man, then man is not something to be cherished and preserved.  He is only as useful and loveable as the swaying affectations of sinful man.

The Church here prays for deliverance from the wicked.  “Oh that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!” Indeed, that deliverance has come in Jesus, who raised up not only the poor, but the poor in spirit and all flesh in his death and resurrection.  We now pray for our final deliverance when there will be no more death and violence upon God’s people.


Lord Jesus, your people here languish under the rule of those who would seek to subvert your gospel for a doctrine of man.  Your little ones are killed in the name of choice.  Your faithful are silenced in the public square in name of freedom.  Your Holy Church throughout the world suffers at the hands of evildoers.  But you are with the generation of the righteous, and you are our refuge. Be with us now and be our stronghold, even as you have given us your word and the holy sacraments for the forgiveness of our sins and the strengthening of our faith.  Come Lord Jesus, come quickly.  Amen.


Pr. Brandon Ross

Faith Lutheran Church – Johnstown, Colorado

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