The Folly of the Godless (Psalm 53)

Psalm 53:1–3 (NKJV)

1 The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, and have done abominable iniquity;
There is none who does good.

2 God looks down from heaven upon the children of men,
To see if there are any who understand, who seek God.
3 Every one of them has turned aside;
They have together become corrupt;
There is none who does good,
No, not one.

This contemplation of David speaks of the futility of denying the existence of God.  His fear that God may not even be able to find faith on earth is deeply saddening.  But he then changes the focus from the foolishness of evil men to the judgement of God upon the wicked and then eventually to the restoration of God’s people from captivity.

This progression of change in focus is a wonderful example of how one can change his or her thinking from sadness to joy.  The foolishness of evil people is frustrating, but the judgment of God is vindicating for the Godly, and the restoration that comes through God’s mercy is powerfully liberating.  Believe that God will right wrongs and restore the Godly!

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