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.
One of the first things I remember about myself is that I was capable of violence and selfishness. I had several siblings and while I loved them (then and now), my earliest memories are not liking them at times and even wanting to do them harm. This was true even though we were a loving family and I never observed anything but unconditional love and forgiveness from my parents. So, deep in my heart, I have always responded to this Psalm where it says, “there is no one who does good, not even one.”
But in spite of the fact that none of us can count ourselves among the righteous by nature, we have this amazing promise that God is with us anyway and will forgive us and restore our fortunes. Perhaps it is because God is with us, has looked down on us and become our refuge, that we can even participate in what this Psalm describes as the acts of the righteous.
Praise to our God who forgives!
Lisa Clark Diller
Chair, Dept. of History and Political Studies
Southern Adventist University