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Psalm 14: Practical Atheism

by | Apr 8, 2024

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This Psalm teaches us that all human doctrines and works, without faith, are nothing but an abomination in the sight of the Lord. The “god” that all fools and hypocrites worship is an idol of their own devising; they serve themselves and their own interests – not the Lord Jehovah, nor His Son Jesus Christ. However, these kinds of persons always have the name of God in their mouth, and they boast of the law and the works of the law. But the fact remains that they do not know what the true worship of God is. They always hate and persecute His name and His Holy Scriptures; and all true doctrine concerning faith and the true fear and love of the Lord, they refuse to hear.

Against all such characters as these, we must fight by prayer; and we are assured that these prayers will certainly be heard – as is hinted at in the last verse of this Psalm, which promises the establishment of the Kingdom and dominion of the Lord Jesus Christ. This Psalm especially strikes at all persons who are very well modeled by those men who were called Pharisees in the days of Christ’s earthly ministry. Those seemingly holy teachers of the law enforced the works and the righteousness of the law, and they even added laws of their own making; but in doing so, they were cruel torturers who tormented people’s consciences. But this Psalm promises the coming of that long-wished-for day of Christ, and the redemption that was to be brought about by His coming. The Gospel of spiritual freedom was revealed from Zion, and the Holy Spirit was poured out upon the Apostles at Jerusalem. “When the Lord bringeth back the captivity of his people,” verse 7 says, “Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.” What a blessed relief is provided for us in the sight of Jesus and in the hopes of His salvation! His blessed Gospel bears up our minds under the sad and heartbreaking prospect of the universal corruption that seems to prevail all around us. What else except this can relieve our souls under the consciousness of our own participation in this universal corruption of fallen and depraved human nature? My soul! What would have been your state, if you had not been redeemed in the blood of the Lamb, and if God had not found a ransom to deliver you from going down to the pit? See how the faithful ones of old longed for the coming Savior! And how greatly does the entire Church of Jesus Christ now long for His second coming, which will usher in that everlasting Day of joy and gladness in the heavenly kingdom! 

Thank You, Lord Jesus, for being the salvation of our poor, ruined, and undone nature! We give thanks for Your holy life, Your spotless death, and Your perfect obedience and Sacrifice as the Surety of poor sinners; for You have raised up our nature from the ruins of the Fall. Amen.

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