1 Foolish people say in their hearts, “There is no God.” They do all kinds of horrible and evil things. No one does anything good. 2 The Lord looks down from heaven on all people. He wants to see if there are any who understand. He wants to see if there are any who trust in God. 3 All of them have turned away. They have all become evil. No one does anything good, no one at all. 4 Won’t those who do evil ever learn? They eat up my people as if they were eating bread. They don’t call out to the Lord for help. 5 Just look at them! They are filled with terror because God is among those who do right. 6 You who do evil make it hard for poor people to do what they plan to do. But the Lord is their place of safety. 7 How I pray that the One who saves Israel will come out of Zion! Then the Lord will bless his people with great success again. So let the people of Jacob be filled with joy! Let Israel be glad!
David was no stranger to evil – the psalms are full of references to those who live in opposition to God. He is clearly upset by them once again and pours out his heart here in this psalm. Despite the presence of evil and it’s out-working in people’s lives, David continues to highlight the nature of God and the character of his people.
God is with those who obey Him. He protects His people, He rescues them.
Personalising this for me means understanding that there is evil around
me everyday, but as I choose to seek God and to talk to Him and obey Him – He is with me, He protects me and He rescues me. Thanks be to God.
Written by Ps. Linda Quinn