1 (To the chief Musician upon Mahalath, Maschil, A Psalm of David.) The fool hath said in his heart, There is no Elohim. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good.
A man must be a fool to say this, and many say it in their hearts who do not say it openly. It is contrary to the most obvious considerations of reason. A man has only to look round and note the myriad indications of contrivance in things small and things great to feel an intuitive certainty that there is somewhere an intelligence as much above man's as the works of nature are above the works of art.
And then when he reflects upon the fact (evidenced by the many things in heaven and earth) that the universe has not always existed, he is taken away back to the beginning, however remote, and made to feel that that which then was (by whatever name called) must have possessed the power and wisdom to elaborate the material creation we now see. Human thought calls it "force" without allowing the wisdom and the power. The Bible exhibition of this beginning is the only one that meets the demands of reason.
"In the beginning-God;" this accounts for all. It gives us the wisdom and the power equal to the production of what is. "In the beginning-force," this accounts for nothing; it neither accounts for the work of creation when it began nor for the previous quiescence of the cosmic energy. If God is mysterious, force is not less so - a little more so in fact when considered as a something that slept for eternal ages and then without any reason, suddenly woke up and started building up worlds at "the beginning."
Let reason rule, and God will be joyfully perceived and received as the everlasting foundation of all things. Only the man in whom reason is weak or warped, or unenlightened, will say "there is no God;" and the Bible gives us the right name for a man with reason in such a condition.
Bro Roberts - Applying our hearts to wisdom.
2 Elohim looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek Elohim.
3 Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
4 Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread: they have not called upon Elohim.
5 There were they in great fear, where no fear was: for Elohim hath scattered the bones of him that encampeth against thee: thou hast put them to shame, because Elohim hath despised them.
6 Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! When Elohim bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.