Psalm 14:1-7 (ESV)
The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none who does good. The LORD looks down from heaven on the children of man, to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God. They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one. Have they no knowledge, all the evildoers who eat up my people as they eat bread and do not call upon the LORD? There they are in great terror, for God is with the generation of the righteous. You would shame the plans of the poor, but the LORD is his refuge. Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion! When the LORD restores the fortunes of his people, let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad.
Those of us who have accepted Christ as our Lord and Savior, know this prophecy has been fulfilled in Jesus! The New Testament is filled with the evidence that Jesus is the long awaited Messiah. In fact, the Gospel of Matthew was written specifically to demonstrate how Jesus fulfilled prophecy.
It is important to note the first couple verses of the psalm above are good reminders that we need the Savior. Fortunately, He has made the way for us to be redeemed. Jesus’ death on the Cross is all we need. He has accomplished the redemption of all who seek Him.
It never ceases to amaze me what He went through for us. Jesus went through the most severe punishment ever. And He did it for us. When I think of all that I have done in my life that could have been done differently, I am even more grateful.
Our response can only be one thing. Thank you, Jesus! Now we must live for Him, in gratitude. We must share the good news. Our job is to love our fellow man, and use the resources God has given us to help others.
Someday we will rejoice with our God in His presence in the New Jerusalem. We need not fear the evildoers in this world, for our God is greater than he who is in the world. Let us trust in God and live for Him.
by Virgil Stripes