Verse – Psalm 53
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!
Reflection – Psalm 53 – God’s Time Of Redemption
The wicked tell themselves in their hearts that there is no God anywhere who will render judgment upon them for the hardship and vile they rain on God’s people. David calls them fools. God’s existence does not depend on the perception of the wicked.
The reason it looks like things often take too long before he intervenes is that He is merciful. He allows time to pass to see if the wicked will change their ways and turn to righteousness. When the Lord’s time of anger comes, He does not reconsider. He will free the oppressed from the oppressor and rain judgment on those who persecuted His chosen.
When God chose the Israelites, He stayed with them through all their struggles and battles. He vanquished all the evil that came their way. He freed them of all their slave masters and made them masters of their kingdom. That is what God will do to the wicked. He will overthrow them from their high places and make them eat off the street.
I do away with all my wicked ways from today onward.
Help cleanse this land of all wickedness
Make us a people after your own heart
Remove all oppressors from us
Make us a holy kingdom
Do not rain your wrath on us
Let us obey your commandments
and never let us stray from your grace