Reflecting on God’s Word . . .

Psalm 53:1-6 NLT


[1] Only fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, and their actions are evil; not one of them does good!

[2] God looks down from heaven on the entire human race; he looks to see if anyone is truly wise, if anyone seeks God.

[3] But no, all have turned away; all have become corrupt. No one does good, not a single one!

[4] Will those who do evil never learn? They eat up my people like bread and wouldn’t think of praying to God.

[5] Terror will grip them, terror like they have never known before. God will scatter the bones of your enemies. You will put them to shame, for God has rejected them.

[6] Who will come from Mount Zion to rescue Israel? When God restores his people, Jacob will shout with joy, and Israel will rejoice.

Reflection . . .

Today, perhaps more than ever we hear people claiming there is no God! This Psalm says that those who claim such things are fools! That’s a very strong thing to say. The question to consider is, “How can someone claim there is no God when considering all of creation, all that is around us?” Could all of it have just happened, something from nothing, disorder to orderliness? The answer Scripture gives us is, “certainly not!” Verse 2 relates foolishness and wisdom as opposed to each other in that those who search for God are truly wise and fools say, “There is no God!”

Verse 6 begs the answer we see in the New Testament. Who will come to restore God’s people? The answer: Jesus Christ came to restore us all to God, to bring us back into relationship with Himself. Not only is this good news, it’s such great news that we should be rejoicing and giving shouts of gratitude to God!

When’s the last time you gave shouts of praise to the Lord?