For the director of music. According to mahalath. A maskil of David.
1The fool says in his heart,
“There is no GOD.”
They are corrupt, and their ways are vile;
there is no one who does good.
2GOD Looks Down from heaven
on all mankind
to see if there are any who understand,
any who seek GOD.
3Everyone has turned away, all have become corrupt;
there is no one who does good,
not even one.
4Do all these evildoers know nothing?
They devour my people as though eating bread;
they never call on GOD.
5But there they are, overwhelmed with dread,
where there was nothing to dread.
GOD Scattered the bones of those who attacked you;
you put them to shame, for GOD Despised them.
6Oh, that Salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!
When GOD Restores HIS people,
Let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!
GOD Speaks once, yea, twice. GOD, in this Psalm, Speaks twice, for this is almost the same verbatim with Psalm 14. The scope of it is to convince us of our sins, to set us a blushing and trembling because of them. The WORD, as a convincing word, is compared to a hammer, the strokes of them must be frequently repeated.
GOD, by the psalmist here,
I. Shows us how bad we are (v. 1).
II. Proves it upon us by HIS OWN certain knowledge (v. 2, 3).
III. HE Speaks terror to persecutors, the worst of sinners (v. 4, 5).
IV. HE speaks encouragement to GOD'S persecuted people (v. 6). Some little variation there is between Psalm 14 and this, but none considerable, only between v. 5, 6, there, and v. 5 here etc.
In singing it we ought to lament the corruption of the human nature, and the wretched depravity of the world we live in, yet rejoicing in hope of GOD’S Great Salvation - a salvation from sin. GOD Will Save HIS church from its enemies. HE Will Save all believers from their own sins, that they may not be led captive by them, which will be everlasting joy to them.
From this Work the REDEEMER Had HIS Name JESUS, For HE Shall Save HIS people from their sins, Matthew 1:21.