A Song of Lament

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Psalm 53

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A Song of Lament

This is one of the psalms that shows us what to do when we feel hopeless. All but one verse of this psalm are about bad things—fools, corrupt people, those who “eat up God’s people like bread” again. David feels as if there is no justice anywhere. Even the last verse is more of a cry to God than a trusting statement of faith. Have you ever felt like this?

Day 179

Lord, we believe; help our unbelief! It’s sometimes very hard to see any hope, when all around us the “bosses”—crime bosses, country bosses, war bosses, corporate bosses—seem to be acting with no fear of consequences. With David I beg you, send your salva

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Psalm 53:6

Psalm 53


53 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good.

God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God.

Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread: they have not called upon God.

There were they in great fear, where no fear was: for God hath scattered the bones of him that encampeth against thee: thou hast put them to shame, because God hath despised them.

Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! When God bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.