Fools Rush In
Lord, help me to wait humbly before You to receive the wisdom I need from Your Word just now.
Read Psalm 53:1-6
 For the director of music. According to mahalath. A maskil of David. The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, and their ways are vile; there is no one who does good.  God looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God.  Everyone has turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.  Do all these evildoers know nothing? They devour my people as though eating bread; they never call on God.  But 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.  Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion! When God restores his people, let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad! Scripture taken from the THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, NIV Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
ReflectWhat picture of humankind is painted here? Do you agree?
This psalm is an almost exact copy of Psalm 14. One preacher commented that it was a lament on our presumptuous folly in thinking we know best. If the psalmist wrote the earlier version in his youth, he was just as persuaded of humanity’s folly in his later years. If David was the psalmist here, he may even have had in mind his encounter with Nabal, whose name means “fool” (1 Sam. 25:25). The psalm seems like a reflection from a disillusioned man, picturing God looking down in vain from heaven to see if anyone has a pure heart to seek him, but finding none. “Do all these evildoers know nothing?” exclaims the psalmist in exasperation (4). Their thinking is all wrong and distorted. “Everyone has turned away…there is no one who does good” (3). The writer ends with a yearning for salvation, a restoration of right thinking that results in right living (6). This reminds us of Isaiah 53:6-12 where the prophet similarly laments that “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way,” but foresees that salvation will come through the sacrifice of a suffering Messiah.
Ponder this picture of the human heart as it relates to yours. Then, thank God for Jesus’ work in you.
Lord, I acknowledge that without You my thinking is confused and crooked. I humbly ask for Your wisdom now.
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