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 the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God.  Everyone has turned away, they have together become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.  Will the evildoers never learn those who devour my people as men eat bread and who do not call on God?  There they were, 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 the fortunes of his people, let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!  (NIV)

Who is a fool? According to Merriam-Webster, the word means a person lacking in judgment or prudence. In verse, one of this psalms the psalmist describes a foolish person first as one that rejects God.  In other words this person is Godless someone who has rejected and denies that God exist. The psalmist then describes them as being corrupt and their ways as being vile. This is the state of a man who rejects God. This psalm of David along with Psalm fourteen is used by Paul in Romans chapter three. Paul’s conclusion is found in Romans 3:23 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” As I study this psalm, I realize the truth found in Hebrews 2:3 “how shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him.”  The first step in grabbing hold of this great salvation knows God.

The theme of the seeking God is clear in this Psalm. The fool is the one that rejects God, the one who denies God, and his way. How about the wise person are they the one that seeks after God?  According to this Psalm “Then God look down from heaven he saw that the sons of men did not seek Him.”  So as we see here as well as in the Gospels that God, sends his salvation to us.  He send his Son to us as the way, the truth and the life.  It was God that opened the path of salvation to sinful man.  Only after we open our eyes to the sinfulness nature that resides within our own being will we be able to gravitate to the opens arms of the Lord.  Then the gospel is preached man has one of three decisions to make:  one is to live outside of the gospel and without God, to understand the gospel, but reject the salvation provided by Christ, or embrace the great salvation provided by the blood of Christ.