Foolishness Leads to Self-Centeredness (Through the Psalms)


The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’
They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds,
there is none who does good. ^Psalm 14:1 (Click for entire Psalm)

The fool in this Psalm is not someone who is intellectually incapable but someone who denies the wisdom of God. The fool is a person who decides to live life according to his or her ways and as a result, are destroyed by their own self-centeredness.

If we are to be completely honest with ourselves, this fool is inside of every one of our hearts. 

Though we may confess to believe in God, there are times we live as our own god. At times, we like the fool live as if there is no God (v. 1). 

When we do not live acknowledging the ways of the Lord, we cannot help but live for themselves. Because our hearts are sinful, our decisions will always be motivated by selfish gain. Even that which looks admirable on the outside, if examined deep enough, ulterior motives will be uncovered. So what can we do? How can we be delivered from our own foolishness?

We must acknowledge that only God can save us from our self-centeredness through Christ Jesus. At the end of the Psalm David declares, “Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion! When the LORD restores the fortunes of his people, let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad (v. 7). In this particular Psalm, "the fool” is a nation that is oppressing as a result of their foolishness. Their foolishness has led them to live for their own personal agenda and they are oppressing the Israelites. David realizes there is only one way that freedom and deliverance can be found; by God’s presence. Zion represents God’s favor and presence over Israel. Zion was where God has chose to physically manifest Himself.

In the same way to be delivered from the fool that lives inside of us, we must seek God’s presence. We must pray and ask for His salvation so that Zion can rule and reign in our hearts. 

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