The problems the wicked create for their victims are obvious. Because they are weak, the victims of these people are "caught in the schemes" they devise and are "crushed." But David was not one of these weak persons. He was a strong military commander and later king of Israel. Nevertheless, the success of these practical atheists created a problem for David also. What is it? It is God's apparent toleration of the wicked, the suspicion that their boasts about God's not seeing or not caring might be true.

Yesterday we looked at the first two characteristics of practical atheism.  Today we consider the other three.
 
3. Security (v. 6). The third characteristic of the practical atheist is his apparent security, which his prosperity seems to guarantee. David quotes him as saying, "Nothing will shake me; I'll always be happy and never have trouble."
What are the chief characteristics of those who practice this "practical atheism"? There are five of them, according to David's treatment.
1. Arrogance (vv. 2-4). The characteristics of the practical atheist are overlapped in David's description, but if we take them in the order they first appear, the first notable mark is arrogance.

A number of years ago Dr. George Gallup, president of the American Institute of Public Opinion, wrote a report of his research into the religious beliefs of Americans entitled "Is America's Faith for Real?" He was struck by a strange anomaly. On the one hand, the answers to his questions indicated that America is unusually religious. But on the other hand, the same research showed that America's religious beliefs make little difference in how people actually live and act.

The second part of Psalm 9 is a prayer for future deliverance based on the praise of God for past deliverances recounted in part one (vv. 13-20). This section begins and ends with prayer, just as the first part began and ended with praise. There are two petitions.