Psalm 53: Atheism

The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, doing abominable iniquity; there is none who does good. God looks down from heaven on the children of man to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God. They have all fallen away; together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one. Have those who work evil no knowledge, who eat up my people as they eat bread, and do not call upon God? There they are, in great terror, where there is no terror! For God scatters the bones of him who encamps against you; you put them to shame, for God has rejected them. Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion! When God restores the fortunes of his people, let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad.

Psalms 53:1‭-‬6 ESV

The Bible’s verdict on atheism is that it’s foolish. God’s Word turns the tables on the atheist. It’s not God in the dock to prove His existence, it’s the atheist who has to try and defend himself and his corrupt badness in the face of the Holy One.

God looks on us and He sees that we’re spiritually clueless, and we don’t naturally seek after Him. Our sinful inclination is functional atheism, even if we wouldn’t admit it. Naturally, we’re in opposition to God and His people who He’s graciously saved out of evil and unbelief.

God will judge those who persecute and oppress His people. Atheists have nothing to fear from believers, we’re not out to get them. But even as they’re out to get us and prove us wrong, they have a fearful sneaking suspicion that there might be something in what we profess.

God will judge those who attack His people. There’s an eternity to come and those in opposition to God would do well to be afraid. There’s shame and ignominy for those who reject the Lord.

We the people of God however long for the consummation of His salvation. When He favours us, we rejoice. Though we’re sinners, we’re so glad that God is gracious to us who believe.

“God, we acknowledge Your sovereignty over all, whether we believe in You or not. Please convict atheists of their need for You and graciously save many souls in our day we pray, in Jesus’ name, amen”

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