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1/20: Confounded by the Sinfulness of Sin: by Glenn Jago

Confounded by the Sinfulness of Sin

Psalm 14

A famous allegorical statement held throughout many cultures says, “They are all going to hell in a handbasket.” The significance of that allegory is to state that disaster is inescapable. However, another popular slogan comes from the advice of Linus to Charlie Brown, “It doesn’t matter what you believe as long as you are sincere.” In the world’s disgust against absolutes, our culture continually explores ways to discover relative truths that will fit its lifestyle of self-rule. Which is to say, “I do not want God to tell me what to do, so I wish Him gone.” The believers throughout all time face a culture that stands contrary to the absolutes of the Scripture, and therefore, each must learn how to stand uncompromisingly against the elemental spirits of the world (Col. 2:8) in a loving manner.

David composes four laments written for his choirmaster in Psalms eleven to fourteen. In each, David identified his struggle to live in worship to God while all around him sinners are seeking to discredit and destroy the righteous. Psalm 14 was the conclusion of the four hymns of lament that offered insight to the wicked, hope, and a reason to worship the Lord.

Etched within this particular Psalm, are three points for us to remember and meditate on as we continue to worship Jesus Christ in a hostile world.

Remember:

  1. The sinful state of all humanity – Psalm 14:1-3; 12:2-4
  2. The righteous sentence against the wicked – Psalm 14:4-6; 11:2-3, 6; 13:1-4
  3. The anticipated salvation for the righteous – Psalm 14:7; 11:1, 4, 7; 12:6-7; 13:5-6

Response:

  1. There is no salvation apart from trusting in Jesus Christ alone – Romans 3:21-26
  2. There are eternal reasons for examining yourself in the faith – 2 Cor. 13:5
  3. The enemy seeks to take you captive, but Christ – Colossians 2:8-12

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