Psalm 14:1-3 The fool says in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none that does good. The LORD looks down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there are any that act wisely, that seek after God. They have all gone astray, they are all alike corrupt; there is none that does good, no, not one.

The fool says, "There is no God", thatís why he doesnít even try to do whatís right

Who wants to be a fool?

God looks to see if any of us are wise

If someone is really wise, they will seek God

How do you seek God?

Is it a long journey?

Is there some secret mystery?

Is there some great deed we must do?

Is there some valiant & heroic struggle?

Since God is already at the door, and already knocking, perhaps we should open the door?

The Bible is Godís word, it is how God speaks to us,

Perhaps we should read it and study it and think about it

Since prayer begins with Godís invitation, shouldnít our prayers begin by listening to God?

They are all alike

There is no one that does good

All have gone astray

Sin is universal

Sin is not just inevitable, it is a great pervasive evil,

And it eats up all in its reach (you are your brothers keeper)

In the face of universal sin, the only thing to do is repent

And trust in the mercy of God

The good news is that God has mercy on penitent sinners

The good news is that there is a Savior

Jesus is our refuge, not because we deserve refuge

Jesus is our refuge because God has mercy upon us

God give his Word

God creates faith

God knocks at our door

God forgives Ė wisdom is opening our lives to the mercy of God

And righteousness Ė that too comes from God through Christ.

You see the Lord will restore the fortunes of his people,

His people are the people who live by grace through faith.