This came from my Evernote Smart Notebook:
The fool says in his heart,
“There is no God.”
They are corrupt, their deeds are vile;
there is no one who does good.
2 The Lord looks down from heaven
on all mankind
to see if there are any who understand,
any who seek God.
3 All have turned away, all have become corrupt;
there is no one who does good,
not even one.
4 Do all these evildoers know nothing?
They devour my people as though eating bread;
they never call on the Lord.
5 But there they are, overwhelmed with dread,
for God is present in the company of the righteous.
Audience: the fool. The guy that will blow hot air and say its debate because he read a blog post and listened to Christopher Hitchens once. This guy, all his buddies, and all his heroes will be overwhelmed with dread for God is present in the company of the righteous. This may be why some people are nervous about going to church. But if the glory departs so do the nerves.
Another observation: the company of the righteous. The manifest presence of God is a communal thing. The righteous must be in relationship, gathering together.
Finally: if God is WITH us, why do we fear the fool who says, “there is no God?” He’s with us. Right here. Right now. Right at the moment in our conversations when the fool claims to have knowledge contrary to our experience. The fool says there is no God. God says I will never leave your or forsake you.