1 Foolish people say in their hearts, “There is no God.” They do all kinds of horrible and evil things. No one does anything good. 2 God looks down from heaven on all people. He wants to see if there are any who understand. He wants to see if there are any who trust in God. 3 All of them have turned away. They have all become evil. No one does anything good, no one at all. 4 Won’t those who do evil ever learn? They eat up my people as if they were eating bread. They don’t call out to God for help. 5 Just look at them! They are filled with terror even when there is nothing to be afraid of! People of Israel, God will scatter the bones of those who attack you. You will put them to shame, because God hates them. 6 How I pray that the One who saves Israel will come out of Zion! God will bless his people with great success again. So let the people of Jacob be filled with joy! Let Israel be glad!
The imagery created in the poetry of the Psalms paints some amazing pictures. This Psalm paints a pretty grim end to those who oppose God & his people. God scattering their bones – quite the picture of how much God hates those who reject him & come against his people & how foolish that choice is.
I don’t often think of God as being so aggressive but He is. The tension between the God of love and the God of wrath is hard to comprehend but He is both. So what is my response …. “In your going make disciples.”
Because people believe there is no God – I need to be more intentional about living out the fact that God is & He is looking for relationship with them.
Lord, give me a fresh perspective of how You view the lost and the absolute consequences for those who don’t believe you exist.
Written by Suzie Hodgson