April 6, 2021
READ April 7 Bible Devotion – Psalm 14
1 The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.”
They are corrupt,
They have done abominable works,
There is none who does good.
2 The Lord looks down from heaven upon the children of men,
To see if there are any who understand, who seek God.
3 They have all turned aside,
They have together become corrupt;
There is none who does good,
No, not one.
4 Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge,
Who eat up my people as they eat bread,
And do not call on the Lord?
5 There they are in great fear,
For God is with the generation of the righteous.
6 You shame the counsel of the poor,
But the Lord is his refuge.
7 Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion!
When the Lord brings back the captivity of His people,
Let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad.
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Psalm 14 is a picture of this world as seen through the eyes of a Holy God.
It pulls no punches. And it gives a chilling reality of a world full of sin and corruption. (Do not worry, good news is coming.)
The apostle Paul quotes Psalm 14 in Romans 3. Romans 3 is such a defining passage in terms of universal human sinfulness.
We can see why Paul does so when we read about this sobering lament.
David emphasizes that not a single person acts justly throughout his life. We live in a world that does not operate the way it was originally meant to. When mankind chooses to serve sin everything falls apart. Sickness, disease, strife, dishonesty, theft, backbiting, bitterness, selfishness certainly define a world that was created so beautifully.
Even the most optimistic among us can deny that this beautiful creation has become ugly through sin in so many ways. It’s brought to ruin through mankind’s sinfulness. Especially painful are the ways in which God’s own people are afflicted by evildoers.
What David saw dimly, we see clearly. Salvation would come out of Zion – but not salvation for Israel alone. For Israel was not merely victimized by human sinfulness; they themselves were part of the problem.
They were not exempt from human evil. Salvation would come out of Israel, but it would be for all the world.
Sin is universal. so one is exempt. BUT GOD’S GRACE IS AVAILABLE TO EVERYONE!
No one need be exempt. All that is required is a trusting faith in Jesus Christ. He is the living embodiment of the salvation that came out of Israel. So this Psalm begins with a description of the dregs of sinful humanity because of the fall in Genesis 3.
But, praise the Lord, it ends with the GOOD NEWS of the promise of salvation FROM sin. The Lord Jesus Christ is the Savior who gives eternal life and life more abundantly for us to enjoy for His glory!
(Verse 7 Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion! When the Lord brings back the captivity of His people, Let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad.)
So pause for a moment and acknowledge God’s view of this sinful world. But at the same time, acknowledge His goodness and grace which provides salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord. Praise His name forever!!!
Remember to pray for one another.
Love and Prayers,
Pastor Mike Owen