Psalms 14:2-3 (NKJV)
‘The Lord looks down from heaven upon the children of men, To see if there are any who understand, who seek God. They have all turned aside, They have together become corrupt; There is none who does good, No, not one.’
God is searching. God is watching, surveying. He is asking that question: ‘where are those who are really seeking God?’ The sign of understanding is that we seek for God, we hunger after Him. He’s not searching for those who are busy for Him; He is searching for those who long for Him. Who pursue after Him. The sign of an understanding man is in what he is longing for and living for. O! How Mankind longs for and pursues after the transient and the irrelevant. All of life’s treasures and pleasures are transient and illusory.
God’s summary statement is sad: ‘They have all turned aside’. It means that they were pursuing God but they got to a junction and turned aside. As Mankind sought after God, they somehow somewhere met something else that excited them more than God; they beheld something more glorious, more wonderful, more exquisite. They therefore turned away from seeking after God and started seeking something else. To such, God says, ‘You are corrupt’. Any man that pursues anything above or beyond God is corrupt. Corruption is not primarily when we do bad things; corruption is when we stop making the pursuit of God our primary ambition and life goal. The actions of corrupt men are only the fruit of a life that’s turned away from chasing after God. O! Pursue God and give up these trite little pleasantries that soothe and excite. Pursue God and disdain everything that pulls you away from the pursuit. Pursue God and let Him say to thee: ‘Thou are amongst the few who understandeth the meaning of life’
‘Lord, deliver me from my trinkets and toys which so quickly take me away from the chase of God. Make me a die-hard life-long chaser of God; that having found you, I may become all the more desirous to chase after you. Deliver me from the simplistic and superficial belief that suggests that those who have found God need not still chase after God. May the hunger to touch you make me ever long to chase you and with each discovery of you, may the hunger pangs only multiply within me. Deliver me from the corruption of distraction. These I cry for, in your name I pray. Amen.’