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May 25 - Evening

"The fool says in his heart,
'There is no God.'

They are corrupt, their deeds are vile;
there is no one who does good.

The Lord looks down from heaven
on all mankind
to see if there are any who understand,
any who seek God.

All have turned away, all have become corrupt;
there is no one who does good,
not even one.
Do all these evildoers know nothing?
They devour my people as though eating bread;
they never call on the Lord.
But there they are, overwhelmed with dread,
for God is present in the company of the righteous.
You evildoers frustrate the plans of the poor,
but the Lord is their refuge.

Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!
When the Lord restores his people,
let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!"

- Psalms 14:1-7

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
The Foolishness of Living As If "There is no God!"    

The fool who says “There is no God,” is not merely an atheist spewing out his vain philosophy, but is a reference to the man whose moral compass makes no recognition of God’s presence, involvement or jurisdiction in the affairs of men. This man lives as though there is no God who will ultimately hold him accountable for his thoughts, words and actions (or, inactions).

The psalmist describes the godless as “corrupt” men whose “deeds are vile” and do no good. The reason they live this way is that they do not believe God will hold them accountable. Yet, in reality God’s view of them is described in three steps that get increasingly closer moving from the transcendent to the immanent:

  1. from heaven”
  2. looks down
  3. on all mankind

So, even from his lofty, immanent position the Lord is closely observing all mankind. The Lord looks to see:

            “if there are any who understand, any who seek God.”

This Psalm 14 is the same as Psalm 53 with one slight change. In Psalm 14 God is identified with the Hebrew word Elohim in four places (Ps. 14:2, 4, 6, 7) and translated as “God” in the NIV, but in Psalm 53 those same four references use the Hebrew name YHWH, or Yahweh, which is translated “LORD” in the NIV.

A contrast is built between the self-serving wicked and the deity-indwelt righteous. The godless reveal their lack of knowledge and their absence of understanding as they devour “people as though eating bread,” not knowing that the very God they ignore is the one who overwhelms them with dread.

While at the same time, the righteous have in their presence the manifestation of the Lord himself serving as their refuge the whole time the evildoers are trying to devour them and frustrate their plans.

This psalm that began with a meditation on some basic truths has taken on a prophetic element and in the final verse has become a prayer that can be prayed and a promise that can be held on to throughout all generations waiting for the completion of salvation and the manifestation of the glorious Lord in his kingdom. The Lord’s presence with us today is a two-sided guarantee. First, to us the Lord’s presence is a sign of a future day that will have fullness of salvation and joy for us who understand and seek him today. But, the Lord’s presence with the righteous is also a sign to those who live as though “there is no God.” Today the Lord calls from among the righteous to the evildoers and asks the fools to change their heart and seek the one they now deny.

  Christian Quote from Church History
"Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength."
- Corrie Ten Boom
Something to Ponder??

Future Ministries of Christ

1. Raise the Dead
1 Th.4:13-18;
Daniel 12:2;

2. Reward all People
1 Cor.3:11-15;
2 Cor.5:10;
1 Cor.4:5;

3. Rule the World

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Parepidamos (Gr) – Strangers (Eng) – a Greek word which refers to those who live alongside of others; a foreigner temporarily living in a place. Parepidamos is someone staying for a while in a foreign place. Parepidamos is used in 1 Peter 1:1.


Pharaoh Tirhakah (Taharqa) or 2 Kings 19:9 and Isaiah 37:9 is confirmed by the existence of contemporary statues and sphinx of Tirhakah. This pharaoh is also recorded in the documents of Esarhaddon.
(Details here)

Confession to Action   Facts and Information

When the Lord looks for a righteous man to do his work in the world would he consider me as a faithful, obedient candidate for his service? I will live in a way that makes me a viable choice for the Lord when he looks for a man on earth to do his will.

"Like clouds and wind
without rain

    is one who boasts
of gifts never given."

- Proverbs 25:14
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A Sidonian Tomb at Beit Guvrin from 150 BC for Apollophanes the governor

A Sidonian Tomb at Beit Guvrin from 150 BC for
the governor Apollophanes and his family's

Map, Nehemiah 11
  Details on a map of Nehemiah 11 showing the villages of the people of Benjamin after the return from exile.
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