“The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God’.” (Psalm 53:1)
“The fool” comes from the Hebrew word nabal and means “one with fades or withers, one who acts foolishly, one who abandons himself to moral stupidity.” It refers to someone who is not intellectually stupid but morally evil. It refers to an inner perversity before God. This is the essence of depravity: foolishness.
Natural man schemes as though there was no God. He knows there is a God but he acts as if there isn’t one. He just abuses and denies what has been made known to him.
This “fool” hides from God because he believes – if there is a God – that God is hiding from him. This means he thinks there will be no accountability for his evil actions. He doesn’t think God sees his evil nor has the power to do anything about it. This explains why abortion doctor can murders thousands of babies or why the corporate ladder is often filled with those who lie to get ahead. Natural man doesn’t believe there will ever be any severe consequences, because he thinks to himself, “No, God!”
He is a practical atheist.
Let me briefly explain to you grammatically why he is a practical atheist and not just an intellectual one. In the original language, this is how it reads: in Elohim or “no God.” There is no “there is.” It reads, “The fool has said in his heart, ‘No God.’” The idea is this: “no God for me.” Because it comes from his heart, this is practical atheism – he lives as if there is no God; it’s not that he doesn’t believe there is a God. He says, “No God.”
Isaiah writes, “For the foolish person will speak foolishness, and his heart will work iniquity: to practice ungodliness, to utter error against the LORD, to keep the hungry unsatisfied, and he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail” (Isaiah 32:6).
How about you! Do your decisions dictate an awareness of the presence of God in your life? Does your communication demonstrate that you are mindful that God will judge those careless words we speak?