David assessed humanity as foolish. Whether by the words they speak or the deeds they do, all people live as if God has no authority in their lives. This is the effect of sin on us all. God is just, and He will not let sin go unpunished. The consequences of sin for every person is death, and only those who call on the name of Jesus will know and experience His mercy. Only God can address the source of our sinfulness by transforming your heart and giving you the desire to obey Him. He cuts away the hardened, rebellious parts and leaves a heart that is soft toward Him—one that loves Him and desires to do His will.
- Whose advice have you found to be trustworthy?
- Where do you typically turn when you are in need of guidance?
Read Psalm 14:1-2:
- What does it mean to “say in your heart, ‘There’s no God’”?
- Is it possible even for people who acknowledge the Lord with their mouths to live as though He doesn’t exist?
- Do you think David was overstating things to say, “There is no one who does good”?
Read Psalm 14:3-4:
- From his question in verse 4, what do you think David wanted people to understand?
- Should we expect people in the world to treat each other well?
Read Psalm 14:5-7:
- Why will people who do not call on the Lord be in great terror?
- What reason did David have for rejoicing and being glad? What reason do you have?
Taking it Home:
- What obstacles prevent you from seeking wisdom and guidance from God?
- What steps can you take this week to deepen your knowledge of God and His wisdom?
Additional Scriptures to Engage with this week:
- Romans 12
- Proverbs 14:1-12
- Isaiah 5
- 1 Corinthians 3
- Proverbs 26:1-12
- Psalm 119:89-120