Because this is so late, I’ll try to be brief and brilliant. 🙂 Today’s psalms are largely musings about the wicked — good food for thought even when we’re trying to follow Jesus, since the basic reasons that men are tempted do evil are all the same.
Why? — The point of Psalm 52 is a challenge to the sinful to explain why they would want to do evil — for the purpose of pointing out its futility. The sinner thinks he’s making progress, getting where he wants to go, taking the shortcut! The truth is that it only looks like progress, it only looks like you’re getting where you want to go. The outcome is far from where he really wants to be. Ask the folks in jail, the folks who are looking over their shoulders continually, the folks who are lying to cover lies and keep it all straight, the folks who’ve stolen their wealth as they consider the many people they’ve hurt. The sin didn’t really get them where they wanted to go.
A spiritual cause and effect — Although most biblical beginners get confused over the use of the word fool in the Bible, it simply signifies anyone who is morally lax. It is because righteous moral living is considered wisdom — it just makes good sense — while unrighteousness is considered the opposite of wisdom, foolishness or folly. So, when Psalm 53:1 seems to be calling names, the truth is that it is not calling names, but making a spiritual statement on the wisdom or foolishness of the person’s moral state. And here the observation is that those with lax morals (fools) must tell themselves that there is no God. This is a truth that is easy to spot almost anywhere; the majority of atheists that I’ve met are not philosophic atheists. They are often deeply enmeshed in sin and, believing that they cannot (or do not want to) overcome it, they are most comforted to claim that there is no God who will call us to account for what we’ve done.
Hope your Sunday was blessed.
See you tomorrow, Lord willing.