Psalm 14 - Overcomer - The fool has said in his heart there is no God
The 9th psalm for the overcomer
. The overcomer realizes among men there is none good, not even one, nor himself.
In Luke's gospel, when Peter is called to follow the Lord full time, he says to the Lord, "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man." (Luke 5:8
). Luke purposely puts Peter's calling out of chronological order (cf. Luke 4:38-39
; Mark 1:16-20, 29-31
;), and places it right before the Lord's cleansing and healing of the 1st leper, a man full of leprosy. After we are called by the Lord, we realize we are full of leprosy which symbolizes sin and rebellion.
v4 - The Lord would still save the workers of iniquity if they would turn to Him by calling on the Lord.
asks the question, Who shall give from out of Zion the salvation of Israel? This question is partially answered in the following part of the verse, but like many questions in the Psalms will be more fully answered in the following Psalms.
The answer to this question is the Messiah in Psalm 16. Because no one understands, does good or seeks God, God will send the Messiah out of Zion to bring salvation to Israel by freeing His people from the bondage of sin.
For the Overcomer
. A Psalm through David
1 The fool has said within his heart,
there is no living God.
They've done abominable things.
There is none that does good.
2 They are corrupt (1)
. The LORD looked down
to see who understood,
from heav'n upon the sons of men,
Are any seeking God?
3 They are all gone out of the way (2)
together they do stink,
not even one (3.2)
that does what's good.
The Lord knows what you think.
4 The workers of iniquity,
no knowledge have they all,
eating My saints (3)
as they eat bread.
The Lord they do not call.
5 In this place they will surely fear
for God is with the just (5)
6 Ye shame the counsel of the poor
because the Lord's his trust.
7 Who shall give from out of Zion
salvation to Israel?
When the Lord turns His people's bonds
His kingdom shall prevail.
The captives, Jacob, shall rejoice
and no longer be sad.
God's people shall lift up their voice,
and Israel shall be glad.
1. Lit. "They are corrupt" should go before "They have done abominable things". (v1)
3.2 Lit. not one, not even one (v3)
3. "My saints" should be "My people" (v4)
5. Lit. righteous in the generation (v5)
Luke 4:38 And He rose up and went from the synagogue and entered into the house of Simon. And Simon's mother-in-law was suffering with a high fever, and they asked Him concerning her.
39 And standing over her, He rebuked the fever, and it left her. And she instantly rose up and served them.
Luke 5:4 And when He ceased speaking, He said to Simon, Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.
5 And Simon answered and said, Master, through the whole night we toiled and caught nothing; but based on Your word I will let down the nets.
6 And when they did this, they enclosed a great number of fish, and their nets began to tear apart.
7 And they signaled to their companions in the other boat to come and assist them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink.
8 And when Simon Peter saw this, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, Lord.
9 For amazement had taken possession of him and all who were with him, because of the catch of the fish which they took;
10 And likewise also James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, Do not be afraid. From now on you will be catching men alive.
11 And when they had brought the boats to the land, they left all and followed Him.
12 And it came to pass, when he was in a certain city, behold a man full of leprosy: who seeing Jesus fell on his face, and besought him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
13 And he put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will: be thou clean. And immediately the leprosy departed from him.
Mark 1:16 And passing beside the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew, Simon's brother, casting a net in the sea, for they were fishermen.
17 And Jesus said to them, Come after Me, and I will cause you to become fishers of men.
18 And immediately leaving the nets, they followed Him.
19 And going on a little, He saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, who also were in their boat, mending the nets.
20 And immediately He called them, and leaving their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants, they went after Him.
29 And immediately, going out of the synagogue, they came into the house of Simon and Andrew with James and John.
30 And Simon's mother-in-law was lying down with a fever, and immediately they told Him about her.
31 And He came to her and raised her up, holding her hand, and the fever left her, and she served them.