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Radical Depravity in Psalms


The unconverted are inwardly corrupt, a condition that causes them to commit deeds of sin continually. Because of this inward evil bent, they fail to seek after God:

They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none who does good. The Lord looks down from heaven on the children of man, to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God. They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one. Psalm 14:1b3

In these verses, the psalmist records the Lords estimation of the human race: All the sons of men are corrupt. They all do abominable deeds. There is no one who does good. This sober evaluation is based upon the Lords omniscient observation from heaven of the hearts and lives of all people. All He sees is radical depravity in every unconverted life. imageSpurgeon writes, Where there is enmity to God, there is deep, inward depravity of mind. The words are rendered by eminent critics in an active sense, they have done corruptly; this may serve to remind us that sin is not only in our nature passively as the source of evil, but we ourselves actively fan the flame and corrupt ourselves, making that blacker still which was black as darkness itself already. We rivet our own chains by habit and continuance.

Steve Lawson, Foundations of Grace (Reformation Trust, 2006), 141.

Posted 2012·08·22 by David Kjos
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