Psalm 14: Playing the Fool

Many scholars have said there is no God. Why is that foolish?

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Psalm 14:1 To the minister of music, a song of David.
Only a fool would say in his heart, There is no God. Their thinking is warped in self-deceit, because they love their sin and don’t want to do what is right.
King James
Psalm 14:1 <To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.> The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.

How much help do people need in “finding God”?

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Psalm 14:2 God looks down from Heaven to see if people are wise enough to find him on their own.
Luke 11:9 Ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened for you.
Acts 17:26-27 From one man, he brought forth all human kind on the face of the earth, determining where and how we must live, desiring that we search and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.
King James
Psalm 14:2 The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.)
Luke 11:9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
Acts 17:26-27 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:

If we are dirty in God’s eyes, how are we made clean?

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Psalm 14:3 Everyone has made mistakes. In failing to please him, they have made themselves filthy. No one is spotless. No, not one.
Psalm 51:2 Wash me from head to toe, cleansing both my actions and my motives.
Psalm 51:7 Use a strong detergent and I will be clean. From your washing machine, I will be made spotless white.
John 13:10 Those who have bathed need only wash their feet to be clean. You are clean, but not everyone.
James 4:8 Move closer to God, and he will move closer to you. Wash your hands of wrongdoing and purify your hearts with good motives. Don’t live a double life, but have a single focus upon what the Lord wants.
King James
Psalm 14:3 They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
Psalm 51:2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
Psalm 51:7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
John 13:10 Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all.
James 4:8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

If the wicked should “cringe in fear,” why don’t they?

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Psalm 14:4–5 Do the evildoers not know what they are doing? They consume their victims like people eat bread, with no thought for what God wants. They should cringe in fear, for God stands with only those who hear and obey him.
King James
Psalm 14:4–5 Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon the Lord. There were they in great fear: for God is in the generation of the righteous.

What makes the wicked so “unlike” God?

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Psalm 14:6 Unlike the wicked, who shame people and ignore their cries, the Lord hears and shelters the oppressed.
King James
Psalm 14:6 Ye have shamed the counsel of the poor, because the Lord is his refuge.

Why did people expect a savior out of Jerusalem and not somewhere else?

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Psalm 14:7 Oh, if only someone would come out of Jerusalem to save God’s people. When the Lord sets the captives free, Jacob will celebrate and his descendants will rejoice.
Psalm 53:6 Oh that salvation would come to Israel out of Mount Zion. When God brings restoration, Jacob’s people will rejoice, and the nation will celebrate.
Isaiah 9:7 His kingdom will keep growing, and its peace will never end. As judge on the throne of his ancestor David, he will maintain order and righteousness forever. With great passion, the Lord of the heavenly host will make it so.
John 7:27 How could that be? When the Messiah appears, no one will know where he’s from, but we know where this man is from.
John 7:41–42 Others said, “He is the Messiah.” But some objected, saying, “The Messiah cannot be from Galilee. Don’t the scriptures say he will be a descendant of David, out of Bethlehem, where David lived?”
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Psalm 14:7 Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! when the Lord bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.
Psalm 53:6 Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! When God bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.
Isaiah 9:7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
John 7:27 Howbeit we know this man whence he is: but when Christ cometh, no man knoweth whence he is.
John 7:41–42 Others said, This is the Christ. But some said, Shall Christ come out of Galilee? Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was?