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February 2, 2020

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year
New American Standard Bible for 2020

Text: Leviticus 5-7
Audio: Leviticus 5-7

Psalm 53 (ESV)

To the choirmaster: according to Mahalath. A Maskil of David.

The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”
    They are corrupt, doing abominable iniquity;
    there is none who does good.

God looks down from heaven
    on the children of man
to see if there are any who understand,
    who seek after God.

They have all fallen away;
    together they have become corrupt;
there is none who does good,
    not even one.

Have those who work evil no knowledge,
    who eat up my people as they eat bread,
    and do not call upon God?

There they are, in great terror,
    where there is no terror!
For God scatters the bones of him who encamps against you;
    you put them to shame, for God has rejected them.

Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!
    When God restores the fortunes of his people,
    let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad.


English Standard Version (ESV)
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

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  1. The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”
        They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds;
        there is none who does good.

    No One Does Good

    Today's Psalm is nearly identical to Psalm 14. The condition of mankind is reinforced in Psalm 53 as well as throughout Scripture:

    Psalm 51:5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.

    Psalm 58:3 The wicked are estranged from the womb; they go astray from birth, speaking lies.

    Isaiah 64:6 We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.

    Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?

    Ecclesiastes 7:20 Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins.

    Romans 2:1-5 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved.

    In writing about no one seeking God, Martin Luther wrote, "Those who manifestly do not seek God as well as to those who seek Him or rather think they are seeking Him, because they do not seek Him in the way in which He wishes to be sought and discovered, namely, through faith, in humility, and not through their own wisdom and presumption."

    In an article at Ligonier.org, I found the following very helpful:

    "If God requires perfect righteousness and perfect holiness to survive His perfect judgment, then we are left with a serious problem. Either we rest our hope in our own righteousness, which is altogether inadequate, or we flee to another’s righteousness, an alien righteousness, a righteousness not our own inherently. The only place such perfect righteousness can be found is in Christ — that is the good news of the Gospel. Subtract this element of alien righteousness that God 'counts' or 'imputes' for us, and we have no biblical Gospel at all. Without imputation, the Gospel becomes 'another gospel,' and such a 'gospel' brings nothing but the anathema of God."

    I wrote quite a bit on Psalm 14 that covers some of the content included in today's psalm:

    https://loveandlight.church/psalm-chapter-14/#comment-3561


    ~ Puritan Prayer ~

    "Is Mercy Gone?" by William Bridge

    "Lord, you know I have been carried along many times toward what is good, carried against my own nature. You know I have been carried further in a good way than I ever intended.

    You know when my soul has been dead and hardened. I have said, mercy is gone—and then you have persuaded me that Jesus Christ is in me. Amen."

    (Excerpt taken from Piercing Heaven: Prayers of the Puritans)

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