Psalms

No One Does Good, Not One!

Psalm 53

The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good.

God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God.

Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

We have a lot of fools running around in our country right now. It seems the atheistic movement is really picking up steam. More and more people are coming against Christianity then ever before. And they have been successful at stopping manger scenes from being put out, Christian symbols being removed from the public eye, and prayer being removed from many ceremonies where it used to be a mainstay. I admire the people who stand up against these fools.

Why do I call them fools? Simple. Because the Bible says they’re fools. All you have to do is look at the heavens and look at the intricate patterns that are in our world and you have to acknowledge that somebody had to put this puzzle together. To say that all of this came from one cell and morphed into what it is now is more ludicrous to me than anything possible. I think it takes a lot of faith to believe there is not a God.

David repeats the fact that there is none that doeth good. This is also used in The Book of Romans to show people why they need Christ (Rom 3:12). We have talked about this before so I will not dwell on it, but we are all born with the seed of sin within us. Passed down from Adam this seed is our condemnation. If we do not accept Jesus Christ sacrifice then that seed will take us Straight to Hell. But if we accept the sacrifice of Jesus then we’re heaven bound. David wanted the people to know that none of them are doing good, even back in his day.

Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread: they have not called upon God.

There were they in great fear, where no fear was: for God hath scattered the bones of him that encampeth against thee: thou hast put them to shame, because God hath despised them.

David wonders if the people who are doing all this iniquity just don’t have any knowledge. I have to wonder that today myself. I see lunatics shooting police officers, people rioting in the streets because somebody didn’t get their way in the election, people lashing out against people because they don’t agree with a judge and video footage showing that everything was justified. David said  they eat up people like they eat bread. That’s a sad commentary on the people who are doing iniquity in our society.

David says they were in great fear and they shouldn’t be.  There is no fear to be had.  God encamps against them who are committing iniquity. He was always against those who come against His Word. You don’t have to worry about God defending Himself  – He will always do that. But often he will use us to stand up against those who would speak against Gd. We are His vessels on this Earth and we have a responsibility to hold God up. Be prepared to give an answer for the hope that’s within you (1 Peter 3:15).

6 Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! When God bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.

David wishes salvation would come out of Zion.  Mount Zion is the hill on which the temple was eventually built. In a spiritual sense Zion is referred to as a fortification of Israel. It is seen as a powerful symbol of the nation. Once the temple is built, sacrifices for sin will be given there upon the altar and people will be covered for their sins. Jesus was in the temple many times during his ministry.   Twice he overturned the money changers tables (Matt 21:12, John 2:15). Another time you confronted the scribes and Pharisees (Matt 23:13-30). Another time he healed a man with the withered hand (Luke 13:10-17). But  the most dramatic that happened was when the veil of the temple was ripped from top to bottom (Matt 27:51).

David talks about the future. God has revealed to him that the people will be taken captive but God will bring them back. I imagine that this scripture was well ingrained in the people when they were taken captive to Babylon. They knew that God was going to restore them to their own land and that they would rejoice when that day came. Do you know that God will deliver you out of any situation that you are in?  And he hopes, hen that day comes, that you will rejoice and give him praise? God is a God of Deliverance. Trust him with everything and every minute you have.

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