pity the foolREAD Psalm 14
1 The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.
2 The LORD looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God.
3 All have turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.
4 Do all these evildoers know nothing? They devour my people as though eating bread; they never call on the LORD.
5 But there they are, overwhelmed with dread, for God is present in the company of the righteous.
6 You evildoers frustrate the plans of the poor, but the LORD is their refuge.
7 Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion! When the LORD restores his people, let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!

Read the psalm portion twice slowly. Then ask three questions and write out your answers:
▪️Adore—What did you learn about God for which you could praise or thank him?
🔹In the company of the righteous God is present and I praise Him. The Lord is a refuge to the poor and I praise Him. The Lord will restore His people and I rejoice in the knowledge and hope of our salvation
▪️Admit—What did you learn about yourself for which you could repent?
🔹I often only see life in fragmented glances, I fixate on a wrongdoing or miss the wonder. God is not dead! He is not absent. He is not forgetful. He is not lacking.
▪️Aspire—What did you learn about life that you could aspire to, ask for, and act on?
🔹Holy Spirit teach me to SHOUT TO THE LORD, in the midst of injustice. I know my SHOUT need only be a heartfelt whisper and you will answer. Hear my prayers!

Once you have answered these three questions, you have your own meditation on the psalm. Now read the meditation in the book and incorporate its insights into your journal notes. Finally, turn your meditation—already categorized as adoration, confession, and aspiration—into personal prayer, using the provided “on-ramp” prayer as well. This will take you into the deep level of wisdom and insight the psalms can provide. – Excerpt From: Timothy Keller & Kathy Keller. “The Songs of Jesus.“

FOOLISHNESS. In the Bible foolishness means a destructive self-centeredness. Fools cannot bear to have anyone over them, and so they ignore God or deny he exists. Some of this rebellion exists in every heart. Every sin is a kind of practical atheism—it is acting as if God were not there. That also means that belief in God must be a gift. This psalm is famously quoted in Romans 3:11: “There is no one who seeks God.” Left to ourselves, we would never want to find God, much less know him. So take heart . . . If you want God, it is because he wants you to find him.

Prayer: Lord, I often struggle with doubts about you, and this psalm makes me realize they don’t all come from my intellect and mind—many come from my heart. Part of me doesn’t want there to be a God I have to obey. Increase my faith, through your Word and Spirit, and through believing friends, “the company of the righteous.” Amen… when prayers seem to go unanswered there is this voice that doubts, but those doubts are because I can’t see what you see. In my sinfulness I sometimes deny your sovereignty. “I’m glad the gospel is much more about your grasp of me than my grip on you” May this fool find your favor.

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