Psalm 14:4 Will evildoers never learn–
those who devour my people as men eat bread
and who do not call on the Lord?
I somewhat stole my own thunder yesterday by quoting the content of verse one, (even though I referenced Psalm 53:1) but that made me look deeper, to see this verse that I hadn’t previously underlined. I find this extremely descriptive of a lot of people who are in the news these days, as they ignore inflation and increase taxes to the detriment of the “little guy” they claim to support. “Devouring people like bread” is a horrible but remarkably apt image. They are acting in willful ignorance, knowing they are doing evil but doing it anyway because they think they will get some personal advantage from it. That certainly fits the adjective of “fool” used in verse one! By inference, the way of wisdom is obviously to do the opposite, to care genuinely for the oppressed and seek to lift them up, to call on the Lord out of an awareness of our dependence on Him. One thing this verse says to me is that human nature hasn’t changed since the Garden of Eden. There will always be short-sighted, self-centered fools like this, just as there will be those who humbly seek and find their Creator the way He desires and intends. The former will ultimately be dealt with in the Last Judgment, and the latter will be comforted and lifted up to glory, just as the Revelation to John expresses so dramatically. The question for us will always be which group to join. The choice might seem vague if we are focused on the material world, but when our spiritual eyes are opened it is very clear-cut.
I have learned over the years that this is a choice that must be made frequently, sometimes several times a day, because the devil is always out to pull us down with him. It is very easy to feel self-righteous when looking at others, all the while ignoring my own sins. I need to live in humble openness to the Holy Spirit, allowing Him to show me where I need to repent, what I need to do to be more available to God. Pride is always a trap – even being proud of my own humility! I have proved to be quite adept at deceiving myself, (James 1:22) so I need to depend on the only One who can keep me straight.
Father, thank You for this reminder. The Internet is certainly full of information about the activities of the kind of people described in this verse. Help me respond as You intend, in prayer and not pride, so that Your will and Yours alone may be accomplished in and through me, for Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!