The fool says in his heart,
“There is no God.”
They are corrupt, their deeds are vile;
there is no one who does good.
The LORD looks down from heaven
on the sons of men
to see if there are any who understand
any who seek God.
All have turned aside,
they have together become corrupt;
there is no one who does good,
not even one. (v. 1-3)
This psalm shows the nature of the human heart.
On our own, we live as if we have no accountability to God. We are corrupt in both senses of the word: we are altered from our original design as those created in the image of a perfect God, and we choose to act dishonestly for our own personal gain.
The Bible calls the person who lives as if there is no God a fool.
Psalm 14 goes on to contrast the fool with the righteous. While the fool lives as if there is no God and refuses to “call on the LORD” (v. 4), the righteous enjoy God’s presence and find refuge in Him (v. 5-6). The psalm concludes with a prayer, anticipating that salvation is coming from the LORD.
Paul quotes from Psalm 14 in his letter to the Romans when he describes all people, Jews and Gentiles alike, as sinners separated from God. Paul affirms that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23).
Paul describes God’s plan for salvation in Romans 5:
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly…God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:6, 8)
The Old Testament testifies, “There is no one who does good, not even one.”
The New Testament agrees, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
But God does not leave us in our sin.
While we were still sinners…
When we were at our very worst, powerless to change…
At just the right time…
Christ died for us, for me, for you.
Jesus paid for our sins on the cross and provided us a way back to the Father.
We cannot save ourselves.
If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9)
“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:13)
For is it by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2:9-10)
Call on the Lord today.
If you have already received God’s gift of salvation through His Son, Jesus, thank Him!
If you have not, why not today?
More about God’s gift of salvation here.
Father, I confess that I have chosen to go my own way, to live like you do not hold me accountable for my actions. I have sinned against you. I cannot save myself. Today I call on you to save me. I believe that Jesus died in my place on the cross to pay for my sins and that you raised him from the dead. I place my faith in you. Thank you for the gift of salvation. In Jesus’ name – Amen.