“The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts” (Psalm 10:4).
This verse reflects the state of the natural man, or the man apart from Jesus Christ. He will not seek after God. He will not call upon God nor inquire of Him as to what is right or what is wrong, but will do what seems right in his own eyes. The root cause of this attitude of neglecting the Person and the will of God is pride, the very sin that brought down the devil (Isaiah 14:12-15; 1 Timothy 3:6). Pride shows itself in man’s countenance, in his proud and haughty look; his self-reliance and self-sufficiency. Pride is the first of seven abominations to God (Proverbs 6:16-19).
How many live without prayer, without God, and without any thought of Him whatsoever? This verse is also translated:
“In his pride the wicked man does not seek Him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God” (Psalm 10:4, NIV).
“The wicked are too proud to seek God. They seem to think that God is dead” (Psalm 10:4, NLT).
“The wicked, in the haughtiness of his countenance, does not seek Him. All his thoughts are, ‘There is no God'” (Psalm 10:4, NASB).
“In the pride of his face the wicked does not seek Him; all his thoughts are, ‘There is no God'” (Psalm 10:4, ESV).
God is not in all his thoughts, nor in any of them. The general sense is that his pride conducts the wicked man to live as though God doesn’t exist, which is practical atheism. And though he may not choose to actually say so, he thinks so.
There are many in this world who have no time for God nor room in their hearts for Him. No room for God? That’s like an engine saying it has no room for fuel. It’s as if a tree said it had no room for the sap. It’s as if the ocean said it had no room for the tide. It’s as if a body said it had no room for the soul, nor for life.
What’s the point? A person is not alive without Christ in his life. He may have physical life, but he is dead in trespasses and sins, and needs to be made alive in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:1). What keeps a person from committing his life to Jesus Christ? Pride! The middle letter of “pride” is “I.” The middle letter of “sin” is “I.” The natural man has an “I” problem! On the other hand, the spiritual person realizes his need of God, humbles himself, thinks about God, and seeks after Him.
“As the hart [deer] panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?” (Psalm 42:1-2, KJV).
“O GOD, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is” (Psalm 63:1, KJV).
“When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches” (Psalm 63:6, KJV).
What do you think about God? How often do you think about Him? Instead of allowing pride to keep us from turning to the Lord, may this verse be true of each of us: “The humble shall see this, and be glad: and your heart shall live that seek God” (Psalm 69:32).