Psalm 53

Hello, my friend.   Our PSALM 53 for today begins with a strong statement, “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’”  This word for fool in the Hebrew is ‘nabal’, which literally means a stupid, wicked person.  The Greek word in the New Testament is ‘moria’, which means absurd, foolish.  Paul uses it rather sarcastically in I Cor.4:10, when he says, “We have been made a spectacle to the whole universe, to angels as well as to men.  We are fools for Christ, but you are so wise in Christ.  We are weak, but you are strong. You are honored, we are dishonored.  Up to this moment we have become the scum of the earth, the refuse of the world.”  In other words, he is really describing the condition of a fool. 

And we find this word ‘fool’ used several times in the Psalms.  Psalm 14:1 is identical to our verse 1 in today’s chapter.  Psalm 49:10, which we have just recently looked at, says, “All can see that wise men die; the foolish and the senseless alike perish and leave their wealth to others.”  And Psalm 92:6 says, “The senseless man does not know; fools do not understand.”    Indeed, to be thrilled with seeing the wonder of a mountain range, or to be gripped by the glory of a sunset, or to enjoy the bursting forth of buds and flowers in spring-time and say, “There is no God” is the conclusion of a fool.

And David startles us by stating, in vs. 2, “God looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God.”  Oh, lots of people go to church on Sunday and would be offended if one asked if they were a Christian or not, but they never seriously seek God.  They fulfill an evangelically religious routine, but the mark of a true Christian is one who seeks God, not only in His Word but in daily life, to seek, to know, to love and to share the Lord.  And without the intervention of the Holy Spirit, none of us ever could do this.  Why?  Because, as vs. 3 says, “Everyone has turned away, there is no one who does good, not even one.” So this is a great Psalm for self-examination.  We easily call other people fools, but are we in fact showing consistent evidence of being a child of God by earnestly seeking Him.  It is important to pause, review, and react.

“Thank you, Lord, for this short but strong chapter.  Oh, we see so much foolishness around us, such absurdity, on TV, on newsstands, in the world around us.  Help us be like lights shining in a dark place.  We may be considered fools for you, Lord, but better that than foolishly wasting all you have given us.  Bless my friend, who is alongside, and those this hour in urgent need.  We lovingly pray for them.” 

Thank you, my friend, for your fellowship.  I thank God for you.  Cheerio.

These meditations on the Psalms were written by Village Schools of the Bible Founder, Monty Sholund and first published in book form as Monty’s Musings on the Psalms in 2000.

Psalm 53

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