Only the fool denies God. How foolish it must seem to God when people say there is no God.
The [spiritually ignorant] fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, they have committed repulsive and unspeakable deeds; there is no one who does good.
Psalm 14:1 (AMP)
The true atheist is either foolish or wicked – foolish because he ignores the evidence that God exists or wicked because he refuses to live by God’s truth. We become atheists in practice when we rely more on ourselves than on God.
Yet today, many of the people who are considered wise are God-deniers or God-haters. It doesn’t matter how many degrees they have; they can have thirty-two degrees and still be frozen. If they don’t know God, they are fools.
The American evangelist Billy Sunday used to say that sinners couldn’t find God for the same reason criminals can’t find policemen—they aren’t looking!
The Lord has looked down from heaven upon the children of men to see if there are any who understand (act wisely), who [truly] seek after God, [longing for His wisdom and guidance].
They have all turned aside, together they have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.
Psalm 14:2-3 (AMP)
Despite the foolish denial of God’s existence, He does indeed exist. David’s poetic description of God having looked down from heaven…to see refers not to the physical act of seeing from an upward location, but rather to His ongoing assessment of the heart of humanity.
The unchanging conclusion of this assessment is that there are none who seek after God (Jeremiah 17:9-10). This is a universal reality of the sinfulness of the human condition: They have all turned aside…become corrupt (Romans 3:23).
No one but God is perfect; all of us stand guilty before him and need his forgiveness. No matter how well we perform or how much we achieve compared to others, we can’t boast of our goodness when compared to God’s standard.
God not only expects us to obey his laws, but he wants us to love him with all our heart. No one except Jesus Christ has done that perfectly. Because we all fall short, we must turn to Christ to save us (Romans 10:9-11)
Have you asked him to save you?
The full truth of God’s Word, and the gospel in particular, will never be understood and accepted “unless the Father…draws him” (John 6:44).
Have all the workers of wickedness and injustice no knowledge, who eat up my people as they eat bread, and do not call upon the Lord?
Psalm 14:4 (AMP)
David applies these observations to his enemies when he says the evildoers “eat up my people like bread”. “All have turned away; all have become corrupt. No one does good, not a single one!” By contrast, David said “You have scrutinized me and found nothing wrong” (Ps. 17:3).
There is a clear distinction between those who worship God and those who refuse to worship him. David worshiped God, and under his leadership Israel obeyed God and prospered.
Several hundred years later, however Israel forgot God, and it became difficult to distinguish between God’s followers and those who worshiped idols. When Isaiah called Israel to repentance, he, like David, spoke of people who had gone astray (Isaiah 53:6).
But Isaiah was talking about the Israelites themselves. Paul quoted Psalm 14 in Romans 3:10-12. He made the image of straying sheep even more general, referring to all people. The whole human race – Jew and Gentile alike – has turned away from God.
There they tremble with great fear, for God is with the [consistently] righteous generation.
Psalm 14:5 (AMP)
If “God is with those who obey him,” then those who attack God’s followers may be attacking God. To attack God is utterly futile (see Ps 2:4-5, 10-12). Thus, while we may feel we are losing the battle, we can be absolutely sure that our ultimate victory is in God.
You [evildoers] shamefully plan against the poor, but the Lord is his safe refuge.
Psalm 14:6 (AMP)
This is saying that the Lord is the counsel of the poor. Therefore, those who come against the poor are coming against the Lord (Proverbs 19:17).
Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion! When the Lord restores His captive people, then Jacob will rejoice, Israel will be glad.
Psalm 14:7 (AMP)
Here is a hope and call for the salvation of Israel that will come out of Zion. Bearing out the statement that “faith is the assurance of things hoped for” (Heb 11:1), David focused on the object of faith for the righteous among his people, namely, the future and final salvation of Israel when God restores His captive people.
To “restore His captive people” is often interpreted wrongly as a restoration from the Babylonian captivity several hundred years after this was written. To restore Israel’s fortunes refers to that time when the Lord Himself smelts away Israel’s remaining dross (Is 1:25) and makes them what they were always intended to be “a kingdom of priests and a holy nation” (Ex 19:6), redeemed, righteous, and at rest. At that time Jacob will rejoice, Israel will be glad (Ps 53:6).
DECLARATION OF FAITH
I have chosen to do what is right in this earth and be the best man/woman that I can possibly be. For this reason, God has taken His stand at my side. He strengthens and protects me against all evil. This unnerves the wicked and they are filled with terror in my presence.
I declare this declaration of faith in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ!
Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary
Bible Exposition Commentary – Be Worshipful
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The Complete Personalized Promise Bible