Psalm 14: The Lord Searches for Those Who Seek Him
1 The fool says in his heart,
“There is no God.”
They are corrupt, their deeds are vile;
there is no one who does good.
2 The Lord looks down from Heaven
on all mankind
to see if there are any who understand,
any who seek God.
3 All have turned away, all have become corrupt;
there is no one who does good,
not even one.
4 Do all these evildoers know nothing?
They devour my people as though eating bread;
they never call on the Lord.
5 But there they are, overwhelmed with dread,
for God is present in the company of the righteous.
6 You evildoers frustrate the plans of the poor,
but the Lord is their refuge.
King David is telling the audience that it is foolish not to believe in God. The opening statement says, “The fool says in his heart, there is no God.” In the Bible when someone is referred to as being ‘foolish’, this means that the person is ‘someone who ignores God and disregards His Word.’
Just think: the Mighty Lord Himself looks down from Heaven, over all of mankind, searching for those of us who seek His face and obey His Word. Oh what a blessing to be found! When the Good Lord finds you, can you imagine His delight? Every day we have the chance to work for God; to love Him, spread His Gospel, be a light to the world, love His children (our neighbor), save souls for the Kingdom, etc. There is much to be done – and every day we have another opportunity to do the Lord’s bidding.
The psalmist reminds us that God is actually in the presence of the righteous. When we are working as a disciple of Christ, God is with us. He is not in some far off distant place; He is right there beside us giving us all the tender love, care and resources needed to get the job done. God is our refuge, an ever-present help in need. Today, go courageously out into the world, raise your hand high and say, “Here I am, Lord! Send me!”
[Read and meditate on this psalm today. Think of ways you can better use your time for Him and His Kingdom. In the end, this is what will matter most.]