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Living Life

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  • October 2017
2017. 10. 23 | No God? Only God! (Psalm 53:1~6)         Speakers Stephen Cha

1 Psalm 53 For the director of music. According to mahalath. A maskil of David. The fool says in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt, and their ways are vile; there is no one who does good.
2 God looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God.
3 Everyone has turned away, they have together become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.
4 Will the evildoers never learn -- those who devour my people as men eat bread and who do not call on God?
5 There they were, overwhelmed with dread, where there was nothing to dread. God scattered the bones of those who attacked you; you put them to shame, for God despised them.
6 Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion! When God restores the fortunes of his people, let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!

 

 

Reflection

Fervent Foolishness (53:1–4)

There is much evil in this world—it is filled with violence, hatred, deceit, destruction, and greed. The worst act of evil that man can commit, however, is a refusal to acknowledge God because it goes against the very reason we were created: to know God and to worship Him alone. The corrupt people described in this psalm revel in their foolishness and live as though God does not exist. But God stands in direct opposition to those who deny His presence. Eventually, their continued denial of God will lead to their destruction. God is looking for humble people who seek Him earnestly. May we acknowledge God in everything we do and seek to be in right relationship with Him.

 

How does your relationship with God impact your relationships with others? Pray that you would be the aroma of Christ to those around you who deny Him.

 

The Lord Saves (53:5–6)

When we are confronted by those who deny God and attack His people, we may be tempted to take matters into our own hands and mete out our own version of justice. We may cry out to God, “It’s not fair!” and then deny His sovereignty by acting according to our own ideas of what is right. These verses remind us, however, that God is the ultimate Judge and will bring about His justice in His time. We can have peace and rejoice because God will not let wickedness continue forever; He will save and restore His people from those who attack them. Until then, let us continue to call upon His name, waiting patiently for the day when God Himself will right all wrongs and bring about the justice we so earnestly seek.

 

When you are tempted to despair at the evil that surrounds you, pray that God would lift your gaze upward to see Him, who rules with sovereignty, acts justly, and judges in righteousness.

 

A letter to God 

Lord, the world is a frightening place—infinitely more so for those who do not know you. Help me to be the light that shines Your name in the darkness. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

 

 

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