Today’s passage: Psalm 53
- Atheism is portrayed as intelligent and wise by the world. In reality, it is utter foolishness.
- The Apostle Paul refers to these words in Romans 3:10-12.
- Outside of Jesus Christ, there is not a single person who will ever be in heaven because they were “good enough.”
- Not only are we not good enough. We also would not seek after God outside of His gracious intervention.
- We want wrong. (The heart) We do wrong. (Sins of commission) We don’t do what is right, such as seeking after God. (Sins of omission)
- Check out Psalm 14. Look for the difference between these Psalms.
Questions to consider:
- According to this psalm (verse 1 included), is it possible outside of God’s grace to have a good heart? Who has a good heart? When we say that someone does have a good heart, how do we come to that conclusion? Who are we comparing them to?
- Does a lack of knowledge excuse sinful actions (Verse 4)? What makes an action right or wrong? Who makes (made) that decision?
- Why would those who reject God mistreat believers? Why would they feel like we are against them when in fact, we are seeking to be kind and truthful? (Think: Knowledge of sin, conviction, the necessity of repentance, coming judgment, etc.)