Psalm 53 today, dealing mostly with the sinful, selfish heart we all have, indeed with which we all were born! The doctrine Biblically of original sin is debated in the general world but it cannot be debated Biblically. It is a clear teaching. As King David said in Psalm 51:5 (two days ago): “For I was born a sinner—yes, from the moment my mother conceived me.” That theme is continued today. Psalm 53:1 echoes Psalm 14:1: “Only fools say in their hearts, ‘There is no God.’ They are corrupt, and their actions are evil; NO ONE DOES GOOD.’” Paul, in Romans 3:23: “For ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Since everything in the world has been tainted by the Fall in Genesis 3, every sperm, every ovum is included! That means at the moment of conception, I’m bent toward sin. I’ve inherited a condition at conception where I’m bent toward ME, toward the world revolving around ME, toward control and manipulation of my world to serve ME. Yes, there is still the image of God stamped on all of us. Because of this, even the most rank sinner, the mobster, the genocide killer, will still do good things occasionally. But at my core, Biblically, I am a selfish person who occasionally does good things.
That’s why people say, “There is no God”, even though the evidence surrounding them seems to cry out from God, “I exist!!” When he looks down on the human race (vs 2), he sees that there is no real understanding among humans. Vs 3: “ALL have turned away from God. ALL have become corrupt. No one does good, not even one!
Vs 4: “They wouldn’t even think about praying to God”...which suggests dependence. Ironically, even when the rank atheist/agnostic is in trouble they instinctively cry out, “Oh God!”
Vs. 5: But terror will come to them one day. For those who are God’s enemies, they will be scattered. “God will put them to shame. God has rejected them.” The day of judgment comes to all, especially the avowed enemies of God.
And should these enemies have hurt you? Trust God! Vs. 6: “Oh that salvation would come from Mt. Zion to rescue Israel. For when God restores his people, Jacob, will shout with joy and Israel will rejoice.” Trust God with promised restoration. That’s another great Biblical theme God’s people don’t talk enough about. God is a RESTORER! Read Zechariah 9:12...the last chapter of Job. God, who does exist, loves to give double blessings to his children, DOUBLE THEIR TROUBLE.
God does exist...and he is the Restorer of those who diligently seek him and continue to believe no matter what.