January 19, 2017

THERE IS NO ONE WHO IS GOOD . . . NOT EVEN YOU!

Psalm 14

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The Fool Says, There Is No God

To the choirmaster. Of David.

  The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”
    They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds;
    there is none who does good.
  The LORD looks down from heaven on the children of man,
    to see if there are any who understand,1
    who seek after God.
  They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt;
    there is none who does good,
    not even one.
  Have they no knowledge, all the evildoers
    who eat up my people as they eat bread
    and do not call upon the LORD?
  There they are in great terror,
    for God is with the generation of the righteous.
  You would shame the plans of the poor,
    but2 the LORD is his refuge.
  Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!
    When the LORD restores the fortunes of his people,
    let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad.

Footnotes

[1] 14:2 Or that act wisely
[2] 14:6 Or for

THERE IS NO ONE WHO IS GOOD . . . NOT EVEN YOU!



Key Verse | Psalm 14:3

They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt;
there is none who does good,
not even one.
(Psalm 14:3)

Central Truth

Even though many world religions would have you believe that you can earn your way to heaven if you’re just good enough, God reminds us in Psalm 14 that NO ONE is good enough—it is only by HIS grace that we are saved through faith!

Devotional | Psalm 14

Before going throughre:generation (Watermark'sbiblical recovery program), I believed the lie thatby being “good,” I could earn God’s grace and my ticket to heaven.I thought I was being a "good" follower of Christ, but...

Before going through re:generation (Watermark's biblical recovery program), I believed the lie that by being “good,” I could earn God’s grace and my ticket to heaven. I thought I was being a "good" follower of Christ, but in reality I was following my own desire to be in control, even trying to control the outcome of my salvation.

Going through inventory and confession in re:generation (a process in which you look at the ways you fall short of God’s perfect standard and then share your sins with one other), I realized pretty quickly that I am not good, that there is no one who does good, not even one (Psalm 14:3). When I compare myself to God, I see rightly that I am not perfect as He is perfect. I fall short of God’s perfect standard daily in my beliefs, thought life, and actions. Sharing my inventory finally showed me that there is no way I can be “good” enough to earn my salvation or cause God to love me more. I am a sinner in need of saving from my own pride, control, and self-righteousness.

This truth that we all turn away from God and fall short of His glory (Romans 3:23) is the truth that helped me finally see just how much God loves me. God did not save me because I am good. Quite the opposite! God saved me because He knows there is nothing good that dwells in me apart from Him (Romans 7:18). He saved me simply because He loves me and delights in me, not in what I do for Him.

At the end of Psalm 14, the psalmist talks about his hope for salvation and the ways the Lord will restore the people’s fortunes. I no longer have to hope my good works will save me. I can trust in God who has restored to me the fortunes of knowing His love. There is nothing I can do to earn God’s love; He gives it freely through the gift of Christ alone. What a good, loving God and what GOOD News!

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Bio | Allye Foster

Hi! My name is Allye, and I have a new life in Christ. This time last year, I believed the lie that God only loved me when I was good enough for Him. In 2016, the Lord used re:generation (Watermark's biblical recovery program) to set me free from these lies by showing me that grace is freely given through Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9). I serve with The Porch, Watermark’s young adult ministry, where I get to share this truth of God’s love in the same way a Porch volunteer shared the gospel with me in 2013 and forever changed my life.

Discussion Questions

1. What ways have you fallen short of God’s perfect standard? Take time to confess these sins to God and your community.

2. Do you believe that God loves you and freely offers you salvation through Jesus Christ—whether you are "good" or not?

If so—praise Him through prayer and thanksgiving.
If you are struggling to believe this:

Reach out to a Christian friend and share your hangups.
Email greatquestions@watermark.org with your questions or doubts.

3. With whom can you share today the Good News that God loves us and sent His Son to die for us because we are sinners, not because we are "good"?

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