Skewed Views of God

The Book of Psalms records several wrong views of God:

1) No God

“The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds . . .” (Psalm 14:1).

How can someone say there is no God, in view of all the evidence to the contrary? “Design demands a designer.”

2) A God of limited knowledge

“They slay the widow and the stranger and murder the orphans. They have said, ‘The Lord does not see, nor does the God of Jacob pay heed . . . . He who planted the ear, does He not hear? He who formed the eye, does He not see? He who chastens the nations, will He not rebuke . . .?” (Psalm 94:6-7, 9-10).

3) A God of limited power

“Then they spoke against God; they said, ‘Can God prepare a table in the wilderness? Behold, He struck the rock so that waters gushed out, and streams were overflowing; can He give bread also? Will He provide meat for His people?’” (Psalm 78:19-20).

In other words, God took care of us yesterday, but can He do it again today?

4) A God in man’s image

God expresses His displeasure with those who choose evil companions and who engage in evil talk, lies, and slander. “These things you have done, and I kept silence; you thought that I was just like you . . .” (Psalm 50:21).

Psalm 139 serves as a needed corrective to all the above. The psalmist presents God as the Exalted One who knows all, who is everywhere, who made us, and who cares about how we think.

Now that’s God!


Scripture quotations taken from the NASB:

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