Saturday, August 01, 2009

Saturday Scripture Speaks

1THE [empty-headed] fool has said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt and evil are they, and doing abominable iniquity; there is none who does good.

2God looked down from heaven upon the children of men to see if there were any who understood, who sought (inquired after and desperately required) God.

3Every one of them has gone back [backslidden and fallen away]; they have altogether become filthy and corrupt; there is none who does good, no, not one.

4Have those who work evil no knowledge (no understanding)? They eat up My people as they eat bread; they do not call upon God.

5There they are, in terror and dread, where there was [and had been] no terror and dread! For God has scattered the bones of him who encamps against you; you have put them to shame, because God has rejected them.

6Oh, that the salvation and deliverance of Israel would come out of Zion! When God restores the fortunes of His people, then will Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad.

Psalm 53 (Amplified Bible)

Have you ever read from the Amplified Bible? Once in a while I like to look up a passage of Scripture using this version.

This Psalm starts out by reminding us that if we deny that God exists, we are fools. The Amplified Bible says "empty-headed." Would you not agree that might mean "stupid?"

It goes on to say that God looks down at us to find anyone who seeks after Him. Does He find even one? "No, not one!" We've all, at one time or another, fallen into sin, and we will likely continue to do so until we die. It's a fact of a fallen world.

The good news is that we can be forgiven of that sin - and we are IF we put our trust in Christ. Verse 6 of this Psalm has been fulfilled in Jesus - salvation out of Zion. Praise be to God!

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brad said...