Psalm 53

The idea of these little devotionals is simple. I want to approach scripture with the understanding that God is speaking. I’m reading through the Bible and listening for God to ask me questions. I expect these questions to be fairly open-ended and plan to carry them in my mind throughout the day. I’ll share these questions with you in the hope that you find them challenging and helpful.

The book of Psalms is commonly thought of as a collection of the worship music of the Israelites. They were meant to be sung. These are worship songs that God appreciated enough to make sure they were preserved for us. Let’s see if we can find out why…

Psalm 53
The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”

    They are corrupt, doing abominable iniquity;
    there is none who does good.

God looks down from heaven
    on the children of man
to see if there are any who understand,[b]
    who seek after God.

They have all fallen away;
    together they have become corrupt;
there is none who does good,
    not even one.

Have those who work evil no knowledge,
    who eat up my people as they eat bread,
    and do not call upon God?

There they are, in great terror,
    where there is no terror!
For God scatters the bones of him who encamps against you;
    you put them to shame, for God has rejected them.

Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!
    When God restores the fortunes of his people,
    let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad.

From this passage I hear God asking me:
Think about verse 5.
Terror. You hear that word a lot these days, don’t you?
Who experiences terror?
Have you experienced terror?
In this psalm, who are the ones “in great terror”?
Why do you think the psalmist says “there is no terror”?
Do you know anyone who seems to be constantly afraid?
Are they more afraid than they need to be?
Are you more afraid than you need to be?
Now, go back and read verse 1.
This isn’t you, is it?
Don’t you know me?


Is God asking you anything more, or anything different?
I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

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