3/10/08 Devotional – Psalm 14 “I’m a sinner, this I know, for the Bible tells me so”

Posted: March 10, 2008 by Rick Hogaboam in Biblical Studies, Devotional, Psalms, Theology
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Psa 14:1-7  To the choirmaster. Of David. 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.  (4)  Have they no knowledge, all the evildoers who eat up my people as they eat bread and do not call upon the LORD?  (5)  There they are in great terror, for God is with the generation of the righteous.  (6)  You would shame the plans of the poor, but the LORD is his refuge.  (7)  Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion! When the LORD restores the fortunes of his people, let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad.

I have met many "smart" people, who deny the existence of God. They have many reasons for rejecting God, but every single reason I am given requires greater faith. Anyhow, I have friends who have rejected God but are decent and honorable people. These fools here are wicked.

What gets even more depressing is the fact that the Lord looks down from heaven and finds not a single "righteous" person. The Apostle Paul uses this very psalm in his letter to the Romans to make the point that we are ALL sinners.

Rom 3:9-12  What then? Are we Jews any better off? No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin,  (10)  as it is written: "None is righteous, no, not one;  (11)  no one understands; no one seeks for God.  (12)  All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one."

But you may protest and say that you do indeed believe in God and wish to do good and shouldn't be considered a "fool", nor "wicked". The fact is however, that this Psalm is used precisely to convince ALL people that they are sinners in need of a perfect righteousness that we can't achieve in the works of our flesh. We must look outside of ourselves.

Rom 3:21-25  But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it--  (22)  the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction:  (23)  for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,  (24)  and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,  (25)  whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins.

Be grateful that God took away our old foolish and wicked heart and has given us a new heart. We were never "good", only God could do that and has done it through Jesus. He counts us as holy as Jesus is and also promises to make us perfectly holy when we get new bodies at our glorification at Jesus' return.

  1. Michiel says:

    You who would call us fools, read Matthew 5:22.

    See you in hell, sonny.

  2. Michiel,

    I think you miss the point of the post. God is the one calling people fools and I am simply affirming what God says with an “Amen”. Also, the very heart at what Mt. 5:22 is to treat a person with contempt…to condemn a person in hatred. The word translated as “fool” carries with it much more than simply assessing one’s intellectual ability…it is a word flowing in hatred from a heart that wished condemnation upon a brother. Scripture elsewhere states that we are to love our enemies. In fact, if we say that we love God and hate our brother, then we are proving ourselves a liar.

    Ironically, your comment “See you in hell” is aligned with what Mt. 5:22 forbids. You are pronouncing judgment in a mean fashion. Going around and telling people that you will “see them in hell” is not what God desires. He will judge such harshness with His own harshness.

    I am sorry that you are offended with what I wrote and would be the first to acknowledge that I myself am a “fool”. I can only boast in the grace of God that I see, hear, and fell as I do.


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