Psalm 14

“The LORD looks down from heaven on the children of man, to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God” (v2).  The psalmist said that God found “none who does good” (v3), because humanity in general has a bent toward sin and a tendency to ignore the existence of our Creator (v1).  As people detach from God, they treat each other badly, exploiting the poor without compassion (v1,4,6).  However, God does not abandon us to self-destruction (v6). 

“Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!” (v7).  God saves us from the evil “out there” and from the sin that dwells in our own hearts.