The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good.
2 God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God.
3 Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
4 Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread: they have not called upon God.
5 There were they in great fear, where no fear was: for God hath scattered the bones of him that encampeth against thee: thou hast put them to shame, because God hath despised them.
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.
“The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’” It’s not that he denies that there is a God. In the ancient world virtually nobody was an atheist; everyone believed in the existence of supernatural beings. But the fool lives without reference to God. For him, God interferes, and he would rather not have that. Yet when things go wrong, he argues with his own heart and instinctively turns to a power outside of and greater than himself.
But God will not be shut out of His creation. “God looks down from heaven… to see if there are any who understand, who act wisely, any who seek God.” He isn’t far removed from us; He is concerned and knows that life at its best revolves around Him. The intellectual arrogance of a science that rejects the notion of God can never meet the real hunger of the soul or restore the deep brokenness of our world. But wherever God is sought and found, there is a sense of peace and wholeness, of purpose and hope.