Psalm 14:1 is perhaps one of the most well known verses — “The fool has said in his heart, There is no God.” Sadly, there are many fools today. Atheism, the lack of belief in any god is the religion and ideology of the modern world. Mass acceptance of atheism began to breed during the Age of Enlightenment. Atheism bloomed against the suffering and destruction of the World Wars. God’s supposed absence motivated many to rethink whether God was real. Finally, with the dawn of post-modernism, acceptance of atheism boomed. The rejection of absolute truths ushered in a complete rejection of God.
Psalm 118 is the final psalm of the hallel psalms (113-118). This particular psalm was written particularly for the first celebration of Feast of Tabernacles after the Exile, though it was also sung at Passover and Pentecost. It was this very psalm that was sung during Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem before His crucifixion.
The psalmist, possibly Ezra, writes how God reestablished his nation and triumphed over all the other nations. In doing so, Psalm 118 is a song of adoration to God, in which God is praised for His loyal love. The psalm begins with a call to worship. It continues with a confessional response to God’s mercy. Finally the psalm concludes with praise for God’s mercy.
Psalm 90 deals with the reality of the brevity of life. In this psalm, Moses contrasts God’s eternity with human transitoriness. In doing so, he reveals that humanity wrestles with two major issues. First, humanity is sinful and subjected to death Second, how can sinful humans relate to an eternal and holy God?