Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Psalm 14:1-7. Psalm 14 is a Psalm of David to the Chief Musician. David says, “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.” The Hebrew word for fool is “nabal.” There is actually a person in the Bible named Nabal who is mentioned in 1 Samuel 25. Can you imagine having a name that means fool?
Because of their unbelief fools live corrupt lives. They’ve done works that are an abomination to God. David said there were none who did good deeds. David is showing us the corruption of the world. We may feel like David is describing the world today, but the worst may be yet to come.
Hebrews 11:6 tells us, “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
Romans 3:12 says, “They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.”
Isaiah 64:6 reminds us, “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”
Those who don’t know God don’t know how to live right. They are ignorant of the ways of God. Even we, as people of faith, who do know God, struggle in this life to live righteously before God. Thank God for His Son, Jesus, who came and died to be the sacrifice for our sins.
The LORD looked down from heaven to earth on all of mankind to see if there were any who understood, and sought after God. When He looked down He saw that they had all turned aside, and had become morally corrupt. He discovered that there were none who were doing good, not even one. How do you think this made the LORD feel?
David asks God if all the evildoers were ignorant. David said, the evil eat God’s people like they eat bread and don’t even call on the name of the LORD. They shamed the counsel of the poor. The LORD is the refuge of those who believe in Him. He is our protector, our shelter from danger, our provider.
David’s heart’s cry was that the salvation of the LORD would have come out of Zion. He declared that Jacob will rejoice and all of Israel will celebrate when the LORD brings back the captivity of His people to Jerusalem.
Daily Bible Reading:
1 [To the chief Musician, [A Psalm of David.]] The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.
2 The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.
3 They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
4 Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon the LORD.
5 There were they in great fear: for God is in the generation of the righteous.
6 Ye have shamed the counsel of the poor, because the LORD is his refuge.
7 Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! when the LORD bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.
Things to think about:
- Who is considered to be a fool according to this Scripture?
- What did the LORD see when He looked down from heaven?
- What will cause rejoicing as mentioned in verse seven?
- Have you put your faith and trust in God?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for this Scripture in the book of Psalms. We learn that those who say there is no God are fools. Help us to know that You are the only one, true God. Help us to have faith and trust in You. Help us to find refuge in You. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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About the book:
The Book of Psalms: Part 1 Chapters 1-30 by Deborah H. Bateman is part of the Daily Bible Reading Series. The book of Psalms contains 150 chapters. Deborah divided The Book of Psalms into five books to make it easier to read and study. Each book will contain approximately thirty chapters from the book of Psalms.
Psalm 119 will not be included in The Book of Psalms since Deborah has already published a book about it called: Psalm 119: Thy Word is a Lamp unto My Feet. The book of Psalms is one of Deborah’s favorite books of the Bible. It is a great book to read if you’re ever feeling down or need to renew your relationship with Christ. King David went through a lot of tough times in his lifetime, but he loved God and trusted God to protect him from the enemies.
The book of Psalms was written by various people. About half of it was attributed to King David, whether they were written by David or for David is questioned by some biblical scholars. Some of the Psalms were written by Asaph and some say they were written for the sons of Korah and even Moses and Solomon were writers of the Psalms. The Psalms consists of poetry that was primarily meant to be used as songs of praise to the Lord.
The Book of Psalms Part 1 Chapters 1-30 contains thirty-one Daily Bible Reading Lessons. Each lesson contains a brief commentary by the author, the Daily Bible Reading Scriptures, a few questions for contemplation or discussion, and a prayer of the day. It is a great Bible study for individuals or groups.
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