What Does Psalm 14:3 Mean?

They have all turned aside, together they have become corrupt; There is no one who does good, not even one.

Psalm 14:3(NASB)

Verse Thoughts

The foolish chorus of prideful, unregenerate man declares that there is no God, and denies the irrefutable testimony of the created universe and the inner witness of their own God-given consciences.

The foolish denial of God's existence by unregenerate man, generally indicates someone who rejects his own accountability to God; refuses to acknowledge the sovereignty of God; rejoices in his own prideful rebellion against God and delights to declare that there is no God! The man who boasts that he is the master of his own destiny - and that he, and not the Lord is the captain of his own soul, is the one whom the Lord calls a fool.

But the Lord looks down from heaven upon the children of men, Whom He made in His own image and likeness to see if there are any who show wisdom and discernment by seeking after the Lord - Whose invisible finger-print touches every aspect of God's created universe and Who has lodged a conscience in the heart of everyman, so that he may be able to discern right from wrong . And in His goodness and grace God has also revealed Himself fully and finally in the written Word of God and through the life and work of the Lord Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son - Who died to pay the price for the sin of the whole world..

But the Psalmist bewails the fact that they have all turned aside and together they have all become corrupt. And Paul quotes this Psalm of David in the early chapters of Romans with the words: there is no one who does good - not even one. All have turned away and together they have all become corrupt.

David's appraisal of the human race in this Psalm is true of every unregenerate member of the human race, as Paul clearly indicates in the early chapter of his Roman epistle - for there is none that is good, not even one. But God in His goodness and grace purposed before the foundation of the world that He would redeem fallen man from the pit. Indeed, God loved us so much that He gave His only begotten Son to come to earth to suffer and die, in order to pay the enormous price for our sin - so that we might be forgiven of our sin and receive eternal life.

How astonishing that the fool continues to deny the existence of the Lord, despite the external testimony of nature, the inner witness of our conscience and the written Word of God. How shocking that so few hold fast to the truth of the glorious gospel of grace - while so many delight to speak with flattering lips and boastful tongues and to wallow in the moral corruption of this God-hating, Christ-rejecting, sinful world - denying the only means of salvation.

What an indictment on humanity to hear God's shocking assessment of the entire race, that: they have all turned aside, and together they have become corrupt. There is no one who does good, not even one. But in the light of this incriminating assessment from our holy Creator God, what a relief to know that this is not the final chapter of mankind's fall into sin.. for God in His grace has offered a way of escape to all who will trust in the efficacious effects of Christ's saving blood, which was shed to pay the price for the sin of the whole world - so that whosever will believe in His sacrificial work on Calvary's cross ..will be saved.

My Prayer

Heavenly Father, in the knowledge that mankind has fallen into such moral decay we praise and thank You that in Your goodness and grace You prepared a way of salvation for all who would trust in the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sin and life everlasting. We pray that while it is still today, many 'fools' who have denied the existance of Your Person and the truth of Your Word would be convicted of their sins and turn to the Lord Jesus Christ.. for the forgiveness of sin and life everlasting. This we ask in Jesus' name, AMEN.

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