Morning devotion: Read Psalm 58
Psalms 58:1 ¶<<To the chief Musician, Altaschith, Michtam of David.>> Do ye indeed speak righteousness, O congregation? do ye judge uprightly, O ye sons of men? 2 Yea, in heart ye work wickedness; ye weigh the violence of your hands in the earth. 3 The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies. 4 Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: they are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear; 5 Which will not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely.
Man, the human race is born destitute. Each and every one was born in iniquity. Even though the young child appears to be innocent at birth, they soon reveal the inward truth of verse 3.
Psalms 51:5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
Job 15:14 What is man, that he should be clean? and he which is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?
A clear point is made in verse 1: man thinks himself to be righteous and just. He thinks myself to be good when in fact we have all sinned and come short of the glory of God.
It is the heart of the matter as addressed in verse 2. As we said yesterday, the heart is the seat of the will and emotion, it is the place where our conscious mind works. The heart is the place of wickedness. Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? Until the heart is changed, and only the Lord can do that, one will be estranged from God.
The sad part of this Psalm is the contrast of verses 1 and 4and 5. For man thinks himself to be good and righteous and just; when an effort to convince him of being contrary, he stops his ears and refuses to hear the voice of wisdom.
Matthew 11:16 But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows, 17 And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented.
It is hard to convince a person of sin when they are standing in the ever-changing ignorance of moral righteousness seated in modern “relevant” truth. Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
There is a truth that is not “relevant” to modern thought, it is a truth that stands the test of time and is contrary to man’s inept wisdom. That truth is
Jesus. John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
The choice is still yours,