Psalm 14

The Foolishness of Rejecting God's Ways



Psalm 14 is a psalm of David that highlights the foolishness and corruption of those who reject God and live in wickedness. As we study this psalm from a New Covenant perspective, we will see how it points to Jesus Christ as the solution to humanity's spiritual condition and the embodiment of God's righteousness. We will explore the themes of human depravity, the call to seek God, and the hope found in God's salvation.

Section 1: The Foolishness of the Godless (vs 1-3)

"The fool says in his heart, 'There is no God.' They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good. The LORD looks down from heaven upon the sons of men to see if any understand, if any seek God. All have turned away, they have together become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one."

Talking Points:

Harmony: Romans 3:10-12 "As it is written: 'There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.'"


Section 2: The Call to Seek God (vs 4-6)

"Do all these evildoers know nothing? They devour my people as though eating bread; they do not call upon the LORD. But there they are, overwhelmed with dread, for God is with the righteous generation. You evildoers frustrate the plans of the oppressed, but the LORD is their refuge."

Talking Points:

Harmony: Matthew 5:6 "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled."


Section 3: The Hope of God's Salvation (vs 7)

"Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come from Zion! When the LORD restores His captive people, let Jacob rejoice; let Israel be glad!"

Talking Points:

Harmony: Luke 2:10-11 "But the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid! For behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: Today in the City of David a Savior has been born to you. He is Christ the Lord!'"



Psalm 14, interpreted through the perspective of the New Covenant in Christ, reveals the depravity of humanity and the need for salvation, finding its ultimate fulfillment in Jesus.

The psalmist's depiction of the foolishness and corruption of those who deny God aligns with the fallen nature of humanity without Christ, who came to redeem and reconcile us to God (Romans 3:10-18).

The psalmist's assertion that there is none who does good points to our universal need for salvation and righteousness, which is provided through Jesus' atoning sacrifice and imputed righteousness (Romans 3:23-24).

The psalmist's plea for God to send forth salvation foreshadows Jesus, who is the embodiment of salvation and the means by which we are reconciled to God (Acts 4:12).

The psalmist's proclamation of the Lord as the refuge of the oppressed speaks to the hope we find in Jesus, who offers comfort, healing, and deliverance to those who trust in Him (Matthew 11:28-30).

Through this word of God the Spirit exposes the fallen state of humanity, the need for salvation, and the hope we have in Jesus Christ, our Savior and Redeemer.