14 The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds;
There is no one who does good.
2 The Lord has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men
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 no one who does good, not even one.
4 Do all the workers of wickedness not know,
Who eat up my people as they eat bread,
And do not call upon the Lord?
5 There they are in great dread,
For God is with the righteous generation.
6 You would put to shame the counsel of the afflicted,
But the Lord is his refuge.
7 Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion!
When the Lord restores His captive people,
Jacob will rejoice, Israel will be glad.
I can’t imagine a world without God. Of course, from my earliest days I heard about him. In my part of the world, everyone went to church, even if they weren’t believers. It was the norm. Now God’s been reduced to background noise. He’s at best “the man upstairs,” or a fuzzy component of the life of one claiming to be “spiritual.” You hear this a lot from the Hollywood types.
But if you’re so bold as to express your belief that acceptance of Jesus Christ as one’s savior is the only way to God, you will quickly find this view is not a part of the world’s value system. Nowadays you can’t run away from this view fast enough. The connotation is that somehow, incredibly, I’m going to force my values down your throat. It’s only a matter of time that Christians in the USA, if brave enough to simply vocalize their faith, will be run out of town on a rail.
Psalm 14 seems to comment on this disturbing trend. But it’s not us that should be worried. It’s says the Lord himself has looked down from heaven on the sons of men (v. 2). He sees people left and right who disavow his existence, none who understands him, none who is good in his eyes, none who seeks him. They might say to this assessment, don’t tell me who I must believe in. Don’t tell me I don’t understand life. Don’t tell me I’m not good. Don’t tell me who to seek, especially if it’s you.
Then he comments on their actions. They’re corrupt. They’ve committed abominable deeds. They’re estranged and have gone astray. But there’s more! They’re aggressive in their posture against those who who do understand God, who do seek after him. In God’s eyes they devour his people like they eat their bread, and they vehemently criticize the source of their hope, and the means by which they cope.
In the end, though, these “workers of wickedness” as he calls them should be the ones “in dread,” because he is with the “righteous generation.” Each generation may think they’ve got it all figured out, but only the righteous one does.
In author King David’s eyes, he looks ahead, longing for the salvation of Israel, that he might come from their midst, and he did! We’ve sought him and found him and somehow the world’s not happy about it. Maybe this is why the Apostle Paul advised us to lay low.
Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you. 1 Thessalonians 4:11
But that’s not what normally happens. Someone invariably asks you where your hope comes from, and your cover is blown.
But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence. 1 Peter 3:15