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.
Public Domain KJV text from Wordproject.org
When I look around in the world, godlessness seems to be everywhere. This is not something new. As David observed a few thousand years ago, “The Lord looks down from heaven on the entire human race; he looks to see if anyone is truly wise, if anyone seeks God. But no, all have turned away; all have become corrupt. No one does good, not a single one!” (vs. 2-3).
When I see the wickedness in the world, I am sometimes tempted to view the world with contempt. But then I am reminded of Paul. Many years later, Paul quoted David’s words to the Jews to guard them from feeling superior to the Gentiles (Romans 3:9-12). So God was not just talking about "the others.” God was describing everyone—“the entire human race.” Which means that God was also thinking about me.
Father, forgive me for my arrogance. Forgive me for believing that my longing for You is result of my own wisdom and desire. When all the time, and in every way, it has been the result of Your amazing grace.
Pastor Anthony is from the UK, grew up in Sri Lanka, and as of this writing is currently the president of the Iceland Conference