The LORD has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men To see if there are any who understand, Who seek after God.Psalm 14:2(NASB)
When Adam sinned, a curse came upon God's perfect creation. Adam, who was made in the image and likeness of God, disobeyed the Lord and from that point forward, he and his progeny, were endowed with a fallen, sin nature - because Adam disobeyed the Lord.
He was endowed with knowledge of good - without the ability to do good, and he was given a knowledge of evil without the capacity to resist what is wrong and to do those things that pleased the Lord.
God sits on His throne in the heavens and He alone is good and true. He looks down on all the children of men, to see is any of Adam's descendants are wisely seeking after the Lord, but there are none to be found.
The eyes of the Lord run to and fro, searching throughout the whole earth, to see if there is someone whose heart is fully devoted to Him - looking to see if there is anyone whose thoughts are perfect toward The Lord - but the sad thing is that He found none - not even one.
The Psalmists understood how destructive the sin nature had become, through man's disobedience, and how deeply man's character had been flawed and polluted. He knew that man has altogether become abominable, and there is no-one that does good - no not even one.
Paul picks up this theme in his Roman epistle, and even quotes this Psalm by writing: there is none righteous, not even one. There is none who understands, There are none who seek for God. All have turned aside, and together they have become useless. There is none who does good - not even one.
Paul continues to quote from the Psalm: their throat is an open grave, and with their tongues they keep deceiving. The poison of asps is under their lips and their mouth is full of cursing and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood and destruction and misery are in their paths - and the path of peace they have not known. There is no fear of God before their eyes.
This is indeed a terrible indictment on the human race, and were it not for the grace of God, every member of the human race - who were originally made in God's own perfect image - with an eternal soul, a mind to think and a will to choose - would remain under His eternal condemnation and be damned forever.
It is only as one considers the shocking depths of depravity to which man has sunk, through sin.. that the inestimable grace of God begins to be fathomed. For while we were yet hopeless sinners, dead in trespasses, wallowing in sins and bitter enemies of God - Christ died for us.
Knowing the tremendous price that God's only begotten Son would have to endure, in order to redeem the human race, should cause each one of us to glorify Him in every fibre of our being.. every moment of the day - and to spread abroad the glories of His holy name, without fear or favour.
Heavenly Father, when I consider the depth of depravity to which humanity has fallen and the amazing redemptive price You paid to redeem my life from the pit of destruction, I can only praise and thank You with all my heart and soul and mind and strength. May I never become indifferent to my great salvation or complacent in my Christian walk. May I live each day to Your praise and glory for You alone are worthy of all my praise and honour, not only in this world but throughout the eternal ages to come. Thank You heavenly Father, in Jesus precious name, AMEN.
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