An oracle is within my heart concerning the sinfulness of the wicked;
There is no fear of God before his eyes.
For in his own eyes he flatters himself too much to detect or hate his sin. (vv 1-2)
The psalmist appears to have appended the introductory verses of this psalm onto the glorious praise that follows as a sudden flash of inspiration into knowing the hearts of the wicked. He clearly understands the root of the problem with the God haters. It’s not that there is anger with God, it’s simply that they love themselves more.
The more you investigate the beliefs and practices of the atheists, the more one discovers that their God hatred is rooted in their self love. Their denial of any evidence presented to them empowers their lordship over the world. They of course deny this and overtly proclaim their happiness, satisfaction with life, the greatness of their existence. They flatter themselves into continuing their false belief, labeling themselves ‘free thinkers’ and better adjusted than the believer. Me think they doth protest too loudly.
The praise of the truth does not need to be forced.
Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.
Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the great deep.
O Lord you preserve both man and beast. How priceless is your unfailing love. (vv 5-7)
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