Within the community of believers, some people secretly disbelieve the faith. They are foolish and live corrupt lives.
For the Chief Musician. By David.
VERSE 1. The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt. They have done abominable deeds. There is no one who does good.
said in his heart. This is somebody who is a member of the faith. Yet inwardly, he or she secretly disbelieves the faith.
There is no God. Many Christians read this and imagine that atheists are fools. However, this verse is not denouncing atheists. It is about members of the faith who secretly disbelieve.
done abominable deeds. A disbelieving member of the faith community can lead a corrupt life. Think of the many Catholic bishops who conspired to concealed the sexual abuse of children.
Hebrews 11:6. Without faith it is impossible to be well pleasing to him, for he who comes to God must believe that he exists, and that he is a rewarder of those who seek him.
VERSE 2. The LORD looked down from heaven on the children of men, to see if there were any who understood, who sought after God.
any who … sought after God. Your seeking of God is worthwhile! Reading the Bible, praying, doing charitable acts …these things are never in vain. Keep up the good work, knowing that in Christ your efforts are not fruitless. He will cause them to bear fruit, abundant fruit, in due season.
VERSE 3. They have all gone aside. They have together become corrupt. There is no one who does good, no, not one.
no one who does good, no, not one. Paul repeats this verse in Romans chapter three:
Romans 3:10. As it is written, “There is no one righteous; no, not one.”
VERSE 4. Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge, who eat up my people as they eat bread, and don’t call on the LORD?
VERSE 5. There they were in great fear, for God is in the generation of the righteous.
VERSE 6. You frustrate the plan of the poor, because the LORD is his refuge.
VERSE 7. Oh that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion! When the LORD restores the fortunes of his people, then Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.
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