No, Not One

The Lord looks down from heaven
    on all mankind
to see if there are any who understand,
    any who seek God.
All have turned away, all have become corrupt;
    there is no one who does good,
    not even one. Psalm 14:2-3

Verse three is the reason there needed to be an absolute perfect, sinless sacrifice: because there wasn’t even one of us who did good. We were all born into a sinful, depraved world. Without Christ we really don’t have a chance. It was the case when we were saved; it’s the case now as Believers in Christ.

Without Christ we really don’t have a chance.

There’s not a friend like the lowly Jesus,
No, not one! No, not one!
None else could heal all our soul’s diseases,
No, not one! No, not one!

Jesus knows all about our struggles,
He will guide till the day is done;
There’s not a friend like the lowly Jesus,
No, not one! No, not one!

No friend like Him is so high and holy,
No, not one! No, not one!
And yet no friend is so meek and lowly,
No, not one! No, not one!

There’s not an hour that He is not near us,
No, not one! No, not one!
No night so dark but His love can cheer us,
No, not one! No, not one!

Did ever saint find this Friend forsake him?
No, not one! No, not one!
Or sinner find that He would not take him?
No, not one! No, not one!

Was ever a gift like the Savior given?
No, not one! No, not one!
Will He refuse us a home in Heaven?
No, not one! No, not one!

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Fools in Their Folly

The fool says in his heart,
    “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, their deeds are vile;
    there is no one who does good. Psalm 14:1

What can you say about someone who not only says “there is no God” in his heart, but says it out loud? A bigger fool? Those people exist more than we know. Yes, some say those words or similar but others show us their true colors by their actions:

  • the abortionist doctor who continues the slaughter life after life when deep inside he knows the truth
  • the politicians who write and flaunt such legislation
  • the media who choose to ignore atrocities and instead run “fluff pieces”

These are but three larger incidents of rebellion against God. There are countless others. .

The final part to verse one is quoted in the book of Romans. It’s the sensible realization that none of us on our own do good. If we stopped here, we’re only telling part of the story. Tomorrow I will expand upon this notion, but for today we can pray for those we know who have publicly stated “there is no God.” We all have friends and relatives who believe this, and it should break our hearts the way it breaks God’s heart.

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Good To Me

But I trust in your unfailing love;
    my heart rejoices in your salvation.
I will sing the Lord’s praise,
    for he has been good to me. Psalm 13:5-6

As we ramble through this life, it’s important to keep perspective. We get all disjointed and distorted and tied up in knots when problems head in our direction. We lose focus. And though we may not be the richest, most famous, most athletic, most business savvy, or smartest creatures on the planet, we can all say in our own way in our own time, “he has been good to me.”

The world may crumble around us and we’re left standing there with nothing but the clothes on our back. Still, “I will sing the Lord’s praise, for he has been good to me.”

When was the last time you just sat down before the Lord and thanked him for his salvation? We certainly cannot do it enough. We need only to look around at the lives of those in total moral free fall to fully understand the “there but for the grace of God go I” phrase.

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Give Light to My Eyes

Look on me and answer, Lord my God.
    Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,
and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,”
    and my foes will rejoice when I fall. Psalm 13:3-4

There are many situations in life where what we see is clouded by the troubles we face.

  • For instance, we’ve all been in situations where the “ends didn’t meet” at the end of the month, your child was rushed to the emergency room, and your car broke down on the way there. You’re in a cloud of darkness and it’s difficult to see a way out.
  • Or, you had to pick up your son from jail because he was caught smoking pot on school property with his buddies. After you get him home you find out he’s been skipping school and partying throughout the day. Your view of the world is clouded and dark; you can’t think straight.
  • Or lastly, your mother is in the hospital and it doesn’t look good for her. You see her withering away and you’re helpless to do a thing about it. The darkness is palpable, and the tears just won’t stop.

In these three instances your darkness is real. Like King David, you cry out to God to give light again to your eyes because the darkness is profound and you really don’t have any other place to turn.

A few reading this may be experiencing these kinds of darknesses now while most of us aren’ the moment. But it’ll come, and when it does, we can brazenly call out to God to give us light in our eyes.

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Dark Days and a Bright Light

How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?
    How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
    and day after day have sorrow in my heart?
    How long will my enemy triumph over me? Psalm 13:1-2

Some days are just like that, aren’t they? Nothing goes your way, everyone’s against you, and you have to try and manager your own troublesome thoughts.

Fortunately, not all days are like that for most of us. It does pay for us to remember those good days so that the bad days are a mere nuisance.

The dark and cloudy days tend to do more damage to our spirits than the light days. There’s a popular saying in Christendom that goes like this: “Never doubt in the dark what God told you in the light” so it pays to fill up our minds and souls with truth and Scripture. The truth is, we really never know when those “dark days” strike us, but we can still prepare for them.

As an example, you know you’re a child of God. You’ve heard sermons on it, read many passages of Scripture on it, and worship with other Believers who believe the same thing. When Satan and life circumstances cause you to cast doubts on that belief and tell you you’re worthless and undeserving you are of God, it’s easy to fall back into old ways of thinking. What God clearly revealed to you in the Light is now murky.

Replacing that murkiness with truth is essential. It really is the only way to replace falsehoods we’ve accumulated over the years.

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