Psalm 53 Commentary
It all starts with the rejection of the existence of God. At this point, you cannot do anything right. It is all evil; “all our righteous acts are like filthy rags.” It is all corruption and injustice, though having an appearance of goodness or righteousness.
Sin is the rejection of the existence of God. After this, whatever we do, good or bad doesn’t matter. It is all evil, corruption, and injustice.
We cannot climb the tree from the leaves. We cannot talk about good acts without talking about the belief or faith that God exists. We need to start from the beginning. We will have made the tree good and the fruit will therefore be good.
We cannot fool the LORD with a pack of good works.
We can work backward. Each moment of sin is anchored by the thought that God doesn’t exist. But it is a foolish thought.
The LORD scans the earth for signs of righteousness. This scripture contradicts the common thought that the LORD is looking for wrongs with a whip behind. Alas, it’s a search in vain. You probably understand why Christ came. Then the search can be fruitful. Then the LORD will find someone who does good.
There is no innocent evil or innocent wrongdoing. Evil men devour God’s people by their rejection of God. There is no neutral ground. Evil men are in for big trouble. They live in fear because God has despised them.
Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion! We have a pointer to a time when the LORD would come in and help us become wise. Some people call it salvation. Then the search for the one who does good will yield fruit.
The New Testament saint understands that a fool cannot pass any exams. First, one must become wise. That is where we all need help. No one is sharp enough to understand that God exists though it really is and should be simple. But who is wise? LORD, help us to believe that you exist and rewards those who earnestly seek you
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