The fool says in his heart there is no God.
I like how the KJV italicised ‘there is’ suggesting some manuscripts had the quote as:
The fool says in his heart, No God.
In this Psalm, David is obviously aggrieved at the No God crew who look to do their own thing. In complete rebellion to Him and thus corrupting and corroding society. It says a lot about what life is like with a No God mentality.
What’s intriguing about this No God lifestyle is how the Psalmist still refers to them living in dread because they have that feeling that the great one is supporting the righteous. The God of Justice takes care and compassion on the poor and downtrodden. It’s so good to know that the God who is, is on the side of those in need of Him.
There is something here about hope that even in the helpless situation or caught in a trap of any sort, there is hope of restoration from the God who saves. That’s why it’s so much more preferable to Know God than live No God.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden