7/10 Psalm 14:1

1 The fool says in his heart, "There is no God."They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none who does good.

There are always plenty of fools. Some of them will say there is no God with their mouth, while others say it with their actions. Both say it in their hearts. They want to believe that lie so that they can live as they please. The corruption of their heart desires what is forbidden and destructive. Their actions are abominable and too diverse to list them all, though Paul makes a short list in Romans 1:21-32.

The psalmist is lamenting the fact that there is none that do good. Surely, all men are sinners, and none seek after God. But if we stop there, we would all be destined for hell. There would be no reason for hope in this life either. Thankfully, there is the grace of God that seeks us out and draws us to Himself. That is the only hope for man. It is restoring us from the captivity of sin to enjoy the fellowship that was lost in the Garden of Eden.

Once the Spirit of God enters our lives, good flows from Him through us. His goodness expects nothing in return and acts in unselfish love. This is the goodness David longed to see. He closes the psalm with a plea for salvation to come from Zion. In the Hebrew, which is the language David used, the word for salvation is "Yeshua." That word is also a name. In the Old Testament it is Joshua, and in the New it is "Jesus." O that Jesus would come from Zion and fill our hearts with His goodness. Then God's people will rejoice and be glad. He has come!

Consider: Are you letting His goodness flow through you? Are you full of His joy?