Psalm 14 can be depressing. No one seeks good. No one does good. We all suck. Blah blah blah…honestly if there is a Psalm to skip….I’d pick this one. But after delving in a bit more to the language of the text and the implications of it….I’ve come to a different conclusion. A more hopeful, albeit challenging conclusion.
14 1The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds,
there is none who does good.
2 The Lord looks down from heaven on the children of man,
to see if there are any who understand,
who seek after God.
3 They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt;
there is none who does good,
not even one.
The Oxford English Dictionary defines fool as “one deficient in judgement or sense, one who acts or behaves stupidly…(Biblical use applied to vicious or impious persons.)”
So there are a couple of ways to read this verse. A fool could literally be someone who lacks knowledge and/or commonsense or they could be mean and/or impious. So which is this verse talking about? I say both, but more so the former.
Psalm 14 really addresses all of mankind. It is a Psalm of David but since I believe that the Bible is God breathed, I say this is God talking. And I love that God calls us out. He comes to us where we are…in our doubt, stupidness, anger, corruptness, the list goes on. He tells us our thoughts. How many times in seasons of struggle do we allow ourselves to think even for a moment that there is no God? In doing so, God calls us fools.
Now this is Psalm is straight-up depressing. Basically, David is despairing over the human condition by viewing it through God’s eyes. How easy it is to do this! Just last week my sister mentioned something about how she didn’t want to live on this planet anymore because of how ridiculous people can be. It’s easy to get lost in the depravity of the lost.
But walking with God isn’t supposed to be easy.
It’s tough. It calls for everything you have.
You remember? Take up your cross and follow me.
Yeah. That bit there.
Psalm 14 is our human outlet for disdain. It’s God allowing us the opportunity to whine and moan about how awful the world is and how much we can’t wait for Heaven. But that’s not the end of the story. Be careful not to get lost in “there is none who does good, not even one.” Yes, we are broken people. But we are saved by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. He makes us light. Which means it is our job to be Light to the dark world we live in.
In Matthew, Jesus tells his followers to be as a city on a hill. Let your light shine! A city on a hill isn’t exactly easy to hide. You are who you are – that is hidden in Christ.
Ladies, your heart should be so hidden in Christ that a man should have to seek Him first in order to find you.
Gentlemen, from William Booth “The greatness of a man’s power is the measure of his surrender.” That is your surrender to Christ.