Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Old Hymn - No One Does Good

Psalm 14:1-7

David wrote this song before there was a temple, probably during the time of the tabernacle of David. Worship then was different than it was in the wilderness and than it was during the time of the great temple in Jerusalem. Some scholars say it was more like God's desire for our worship today. Can you imagine walking into church today, the choir director raising his hands, the instruments playing the introduction and the first words you hear are, "The fool says in his heart, 'God does not exist.' They are corrupt; their actions are revolting. There is no one who does good. "? The good news of the salvation of God is good news only for those who have believed the truth of the bad news. The bad news is that, apart from God's intervention, we are all fools, corrupt, those who do no good. If we admit that, believe in Jesus the Messiah, confessing Him as our Lord we will be saved from ourselves and from the captivity of self-assurance.  This hymn keeps us humble, hopeful, and compassionate toward others.