THE FOLLY OF UNBELIEF

Scripture Reading: Psalm 10:1-18

“In his pride the wicked does not seek Him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God…He says to himself, ‘Nothing will shake me; I will always be happy and never have trouble.'” (Psalm 10:4,6)

This Psalm describes the folly of unbelief. The core problem with unbelievers is found in Romans 1:18,19 — “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.” Herein is the fundamental problem with unbelievers: they suppress the God’s truth!

Notice what Psalm 10 says about those who suppress the truth — “In his pride the wicked does not seek Him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God” (v. 4). It is incredible to think that there are people who have no room for God in their lives. They are filled with pride and think only of themselves. They do not seek God because they believe they are self-sufficient.

In his folly, an unbeliever also says to himself — “Nothing will shake me; I will always be happy and never have trouble” (v. 6). How foolish some people can be! Notice the words used to describe such people: “arrogant” (v. 2), “boastful” (v. 3), “prideful” (v. 4). Such people think that they do not need God. They believe that they are invincible.

People like this oppress the weak and vulnerable — “In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak, who are caught in the schemes he devises” (v. 2). “His victims are crushed, they collapse; they fall under his strength” (v. 10).

God does not close His eyes to such oppression — “But You, O God, do see trouble and grief; You consider it to take it in hand. The victim commits himself to You; You are the helper of the fatherless” (v. 14). Notice how the Psalm ends — “The Lord is King for ever and ever. The nations will perish from His hand. You hear, O Lord, the desire of the afflicted; You encourage them, and You listen to their cry, defending the fatherless and the oppressed, in order that man, who is of earth, may terrify no more” (vs. 16-18).

Omniscient and Omnipotent God, You see the trouble and grief that Your people face. You hear the cries of the afflicted and oppressed. You will take it to hand. I am so thankful to know that You, my Lord, are King forever and ever. You know all my needs. You hear my cries, and You grant mercy to me. Forgive me when I am filled with pride. Grant me grace to live my life in submission to Your perfect will. Thank You for the salvation that You have provided me through the work of Your dear Son, Jesus.

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