1 That there is not a God, the fool
The Righteous One’s view of earth, and the victory of God’s people
This psalm is virtually a twin to Psalm 14, and Paul uses the both in Romans 3. It shows the degraded and insensible condition of the natural man. He is without understanding, knowledge or goodness, and commits abominable iniquity. The greatest iniquity of course, is to deny the existence of the true God. Even if the mouth does not say it, the heart says, ‘there is no God.’
Such a state provides a ready breeding ground for hatred, and especially against God’s people. Antipathy and rejection towards the truth that there is a living God, will naturally find expression against those who claim to be His followers. Such malice can have menacing and frightful intentions and realisations, as seen in the expression in v. 4, “They eat up my people as they eat bread.” Such vindictiveness naturally inculcates great fear in the breasts of the saints (v.5), but often is an unnecessary fear, for God is able to scatter the enemy.
Salvation is of the Lord, and comes out of Zion. David looks for the great Deliverer, the Lord Jesus, to come out from thence. But He can also come in deliverances at every exigency in the church’s history. We have great cause to rejoice.