The 53rd Psalm describes the foolishness of ignoring the existence of God and is almost an exact repeat of Psalm 14. “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’”
The first half of Psalm 53 is quoted in Romans 3 which makes the opening verses of this Psalm as one of the rare sections of the Bible where God speaks the same thing 3 different times. When God speaks the same thing in multiple passages we should consider it to be very important. God knew that atheism would be a major philosophy for modern man, and those Psalms speak directly to that issue.
When a people or society believe that there is no God, it permits that people to begin a fall into depravity that has no limits.
The Fallen Race - The Psalmist describes humanity as “corrupt, who have done abominable works, there is none who does good. The Lord looks down from heaven on the entire human race, he looks to see if there is even one with real understanding, one who seeks God. But no, all have turned away from God; all have become corrupt, no one does good, not even one!
In the book of Romans we are told that all of the children of Adam are infected with sin. “When Adam sinned, sin entered the entire human race.” (Romans 5:12) The heart is the innermost part of man and what we confess there determines the course of our life. In this Psalm, the person has declared ‘there is no God’ and it leads to a life of corruption, evil, and the complete lack of goodness.
THE FREE SALVATION - Psalm 14 begins with the complete depravity of the human race, but ends with the Messiah coming from Zion with deliverance and joy. “Oh, that salvation would come from Mount Zion to rescue Israel! For when the Lord restores His people, Jacob will shout with joy, and Israel will rejoice.”
Jesus has come to restore fallen humanity and to break the captivity of sin for all who believe in Him. “We are made right with God when we believe that Jesus shed His blood, sacrificing His life for us.” (Romans 3:25) “For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God.” (Romans 10:10) What we say and believe in our hearts determines our eternal destiny and affects the quality of our live on this earth.
The final picture of this Psalm is that of Jacob shouting and Israel rejoicing over the amazing salvation given to us by our Lord. It’s the picture of God rescuing us from a fallen race through His Son to rejoice before Him forever. “Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into the place of highest privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.” (Romans 5:2)
The wise have said in their hearts “There is a God” and He is worthy of our highest praise!