Psalm 14

Hello, my friend.  We look today at PSALM 14, and you may have noticed in your Bibles that the entire Psalm is repeated in Psalm 53, which gives me the impression that, since it appears twice, it must contain especially valuable instruction.  Furthermore, if you are familiar with the book of Romans, you find that these first verses are quoted in Romans 3:10-17, where we read, “There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God.  All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.”  The wording is slightly different but the emphasis is the same and that is simply that no one on his own seeks God.  We may be very religious, we may know all the creeds and the hymns and the verses, but unless I allow God to be God then all my religious activity is mockery.  The Word of God has been given us that we might acknowledge that the God of the Word is indeed God, that He is first in all of life. 

How hugely important this is, in a day when everybody thinks they are being touched by an angel, where there are lots of meetings and conferences and discussions, but unless Jesus Christ is Lord, all is in vain.  Anything I call good is bad, if I have not allowed Jesus to be Owner, Ruler, in charge of all of my life.  You see, even when I give to a food-shelf, and when I give money to the poor, the motive is always self-centered, unless I know the Lord and can truly, meaningfully give Him all the glory.  In fact, I think the greatest joy of being a committed believer is the enormous privilege of having God to thank.  And unless I have allowed Christ to be my life, then to thank Him for this or that blessing is mockery.  As someone has said, “My goal is God Himself, not peace, or joy or any blessing, I seek the Lord and thank Him for all that He is, and that I enjoy in Him.”

“Thank you, Lord, for stripping us so harshly from every foolish religious pretense, helping us remember that the one who refuses you to be Lord of all of life, however busy they may be in religious activity, is in your eyes a fool.  Your word stuns us when it says that ‘all have turned to their own way, they have together become worthless, there is no one who does good, not even one.’  Forgive us Lord for being seduced into thinking that you want our busy activity, rather than our quiet loving, living worship.  Bless my friend, who is alongside, and for whom I give you daily thanks.” 

Thank you, dear partner, for your fellowship

Psalm 14

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