The ways we speak

Psalm 14:1 “The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”

It is interesting to note the language the Bible uses sometimes to describe the way a person speaks.  For example, in the verse above, the psalmist talks about a person who says things “in his heart.”  Obviously if someone says something in this way, no one else would be able to hear them.  It’s an inner thing.  It’s something not said with words, but in other ways.  With these words God is pointing out the truth that it is the inner person, the thoughts, regardless of the actions, that is all important.  The way someone thinks to himself, according to the words above, will differentiate them as being either a fool, i.e., someone who goes merrily through life as if there is no God, or the opposite from a fool, which the Bible calls wise.  The differentiating factor between these two types of people is what they say “in their heart” about God.  If a person says in their heart that there is no God, he or she is a fool because the fact of the matter is that there is a God, and He has filled the universe with the evidence of His being. He is the only self-existent being in the universe, the one and only I AM.  How foolish for the creatures to tell their Creator – “You don’t exist!”  So, what is the effect of a person saying such things “in his heart.”  Well, elsewhere the Bible tells us that as a man “thinks in his heart, so is he (Proverbs 23:7).” In other words, anyone who thinks in his heart that there is no God will say in many other ways the same thing, for this thinking affects everything about him.  He will say it in his actions.  He’ll think that “if he can get away with it,” whatever the “it” is, then he really can get away with it. He’ll act like there is no final reckoning, although God assures us that there is.  He’ll say what he believes with the way he spends his time. If it is a self-centered use rather than a love-motivated use that includes both God and his neighbor, especially when that neighbor is in need, than he is simply playing out how he thinks deep in his heart.  He will also show how he thinks in his heart about God in the way he uses his finances or other possessions.  There will be an attitude that there will never be a Master Who will expect an accounting of that use someday.  In these and many other ways a person will say “with” his life what they have said “in” his heart about God.  May God help us to demonstrate by our lives that we say in our heart that there surely is a God, for indeed, if the God of the Bible exists, it should make all the difference in the world to the whole of our lives, for surely “as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.”

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