The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none who does good. The Lord looks down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there are any who understand, who seek God. They have all turned aside, they have together become corrupts; there is none who does good, no, not one. Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge, who eat up my people as they eat bread, and do not call on the Lord?
This psalm causes me to seek a place of meditation and pray. The psalm itself focuses on human evil. What is the fool except someone focused on the world’s standards. The fool denies that there is a God and is convinced that God is unconcerned. The fool defines godlessness. A lifestyle which does not acknowledge God.
Man’s inner thoughts and feelings are opposed to God; rejecting the person of God and God’s love. Man is blind and ignorant. Ephesians 4:18 NKJV says, “having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart.” Man must be regenerated. Regeneration requires the work of the Holy Spirit to transform the heart, enabling it to love and obey God.
Conversion of the heart comes when we are convinced that we need to change our heart. “And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.” (John 16:8 NKJV) There are none who are good. No not one. That is why we need to seek after the only One who is good, who is Love. God’s desire is that all people should seek after Him and find Him. Those who seek God with all their heart are rewarded. “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back from your captivity.” (Jeremiah 29:13-14a NKJV)
The way to seek God with all your heart is to have a prayer relationship with Him. There are consequences to a life of prayerlessness. Without prayer we are alienated from God. “If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.” (John 15:6 NKJV) Without prayer we suffer spiritual poverty. “You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask.” (James 4:2 NKJV) And without prayer, your ministry will be ineffective which literally means you have no fellowship with the Lord. “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.” (John 15:4-5 NKJV)
The foundational verse asks, “Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge, who eat up my people as they eat bread, and do not call on the Lord?” If we do not pray, what does this say about us? Are we fools? Do we not believe? Unbelief can be defined as the lack of faith and trust in God that challenges His truthfulness and finds expression in disobedience and rebellion. Harsh words? Maybe.
What we need to do is turn our unbelief into belief. And we do that in prayer. Prayer is calling upon the Lord. Prayer is having conversation and fellowship with the Lord. Prayer brings us to the point of decision and a right relationship with the Lord.
Friend, I was at the place of no return when I came to know the person of Jesus Christ. Prayer, heartfelt prayer; weeping prayer brought Jesus and I together. I didn’t know how or what to say except that I didn’t want to go on another minute lost and dying both inside and outside. You may not agree and think the life you are leading will give you exactly what you need. A life outside of Jesus Christ will not give you what you need, it will give you what you deserve. I made a choice to follow Jesus. A prayer brought us together. The life I live now will get me everything I don’t deserve which is more than I could have ever done for myself. If you’re ready to pray, we can do that now. If you’re ready to meet the One who is good, let me introduce you to Him.
Precious Jesus. I don’t want to be known as a worker of iniquity before You. I desire to call upon You. Come near to me, Lord and have fellowship with me. I need You, Jesus, to take me from this world and bring me into Your presence and love. I deserve nothing Lord, but know that in You, I receive everything. Come into my life Lord. Be my Savior. I believe in You, Jesus. I believe that You died for my sins and You rose from the grave to defeat my sin and my death once and for all. Lord, help me grow closer to You in prayer and may my life give You honor and praise. In Jesus Name. AMEN
Don’t believe me, believe God!