The Spirit of the Psalms: This Race Is Such Corruption (Psalm 14)

God willing every Monday I will post a hymn, psalm or spiritual song for encouragement. They say we learn our doctrine through singing which aids in memorisation but I know from my own experience that I tend to focus more on the tune than the words, especially if I am more familiar with the song. So I thought why not take some devotional time every week to really look at the lyrics and the poetry of a spiritual song alongside the Scriptural passages that inspired it.

The Spirit of the Psalms
Psalm 14

This race is such corruption,
Is steeped in evil deeds,
Its every aspiration
Tainted with selfish greed!

Not one among us pleases
The eye of God above;
No thirsting seeker reaches
To understand His love.

Such foolish pride, in blindness,
Spurns God, the sovereign Lord;
Despises all His kindness,
And scorns His gracious Word.

Let fall Thy rod of terror,
Then saving grace impart;
Roll back the veil of error,
Release the fettered heart.

O that the Lord’s salvation
Were out of Zion come;
To save and heal our nation,
And lead lost sinners home.

And we shall give the glory
In gladness, Lord, to Thee,
And praise Thee for the story
Of captive souls set free.
Evangelical Psalter
From ‘Psalms and Hymns of Reformed Worship’ Hymnbook.

Only fools say in their hearts,
“There is no God.”
They are corrupt, and their actions are evil;
not one of them does good!
The LORD looks down from heaven
on the entire human race;
he looks to see if anyone is truly wise,
if anyone seeks God.
But no, all have turned away;
all have become corrupt.a
No one does good,
not a single one!
Will those who do evil never learn?
They eat up my people like bread
and wouldn’t think of praying to the LORD.
Terror will grip them,
for God is with those who obey him.
The wicked frustrate the plans of the oppressed,
but the LORD will protect his people.
Who will come from Mount Zion to rescue Israel?
When the LORD restores his people,
Jacob will shout with joy, and Israel will rejoice.
New Living Translation (NLT)

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