When we are being targeted by wicked people, we have a hard time waiting for the Lord to rescue.
Who will come from Mount Zion to rescue Israel? When the Lord restores his people, Jacob will shout with joy …Psalm14:7
Out of nowhere, the Lord comes to rescue his people. In relief there is great rejoicing. Yet, who is the Lord saving from?
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.Psalm 14:2-3
Everyone is included. We too are abusers from whom the Lord needs to save. So, maybe we can be grateful that he is so patient with the abusers!
The start of corruption is significant: our turning away from the Lord-though only slightly. When facing him, we receive from him. When away from him, we are filled with darkness which brings corruption, and bares its fruit as we fail to do good.
They eat up my people like bread and wouldn’t think of praying to the Lord.Psalm 14:4
People who turn from the Lord find their nourishment consuming God’s people. Rather than go to Jesus, who promises to feed us. When darkness finds lodging in us, our greed drives us to take the life giving gifts entrusted to others.
Terror will grip them, for God is with those who obey him.Psalm 14:5
The outcome of allowing the fruit of darkness to be expressed is tragic.