The fool[a] says in his heart,
“There is no God.”
They are corrupt, their deeds are vile;
there is no one who does good.
2 The Lord looks down from heaven
on all mankind
to see if there are any who understand,
any who seek God.
3 All have turned away, all have become corrupt;
there is no one who does good,
not even one.
4 Do all these evildoers know nothing?
They devour my people as though eating bread;
they never call on the Lord.
5 But there they are, overwhelmed with dread,
for God is present in the company of the righteous.
6 You evildoers frustrate the plans of the poor,
but the Lord is their refuge.
When the Lord restores his people
Key Verse: “The Lord looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God.” Psalm 14:2
David describes the person who does not seek God: foolish, corrupt, overwhelmed with dread, turning aside, and causing frustration. How does seeking God change your character? When have you intentionally pursued God? What did the experience include?
David implies that not many people are truly seeking God. It is far more common for people to seek money, pleasures, attention, applause, fame, and rewards. John the Baptist said that Jesus must increase and he must become less (John 3:30): what does this mean? How can you encourage people to seek God with you this week?
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Jesse Bradley is passionate about helping people discover the grace of Jesus- both in practical and eternal ways. He serves as Senior Pastor of Sebastopol Christian Churchin Northern California, with degrees from Dartmouth College and Dallas Theological Seminary. Once a professional goalkeeper in Scotland and Zimbabwe, God redirected him into ministry through a life-threatening illness. He is the author of Rooted In Grace and A New Season. Jesse and his wife, Laurie, have three children.