"They have all turned aside. Together they have become corrupt. There is none who does good, not even one." - Psalm 14:3.
Here's some life lessons from Psalm 14:
- It is extremely foolish to say to ourselves God does not exist (v. 1). Most of us are not philosophical atheists, but many of us are practical atheists.
- Every single one of us is thoroughly sinful (vv. 2-3). These verses are quoted prominently by Paul in Romans 3.
- Evildoers eat up God’s people and do not call on God. They do this because they have no knowledge (ידע)(v. 4). Sinful man desperately needs knowledge of God.
- God is the refuge of the poor (v. 6).
- Salvation for Israel (and the nations) will come out of Zion (v. 7).
- God will restore the fortunes of his people Israel (v. 7).
Father, remind me that without you I am a total sinner and a practical atheist. I recognise that I have contributed nothing to my salvation. In myself, I am just as evil as the next man. Thank you for humbling me and helping me to be poor in spirit, for you are the refuge of the poor. Thank you for your faithfulness to Israel and that you will restore her fortunes. Thank you for the salvation that comes out of Zion. Bless your people this day. In Jesus' name, amen.
- Jeff Coleman