Week of March 25 - Day 3

Day 3 Read: Psalm 14:1-3

The 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.

Reflect: What conclusion has the Psalmist reached regarding humanity?

Consider: They are all gone aside. Hacôl (הַכֹּל), “the totality”—one and all of them had turned aside, like the Israelites at Sinai (Exod. 32:8); they had quitted the way of righteousness, and turned to wicked courses. The expression “denotes a general—all but universal—corruption” (‘Speaker’s Commentary’). They are all together become filthy; literally, sour, rancid—like milk that has turned, or butter that has become bad. [1]

Respond: In what ways do you settle for man’s “good” in place of God’s “good”? How has that prevented you from experiencing God’s very best in your life? How does this Psalm alongside the focal passage in Matthew 7 help you understand the nature of what God wants to do in your life compared to what we often settle for?

 

[1] H. D. M. Spence-Jones, ed., Psalms, vol. 1, The Pulpit Commentary (London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1909), 86.