Daily Devotional Saturday 18th February 2023by William Moody
The Steadfast Love of God Endures
To the choirmaster. A Maskil1 of David, when Doeg, the Edomite, came and told Saul, “David has come to the house of Ahimelech.”
52:1 Why do you boast of evil, O mighty man?
The steadfast love of God endures all the day.
2 Your tongue plots destruction,
like a sharp razor, you worker of deceit.
3 You love evil more than good,
and lying more than speaking what is right. Selah
4 You love all words that devour,
O deceitful tongue.
5 But God will break you down forever;
he will snatch and tear you from your tent;
he will uproot you from the land of the living. Selah
6 The righteous shall see and fear,
and shall laugh at him, saying,
7 “See the man who would not make
God his refuge,
but trusted in the abundance of his riches
and sought refuge in his own destruction!”2
8 But I am like a green olive tree
in the house of God.
I trust in the steadfast love of God
forever and ever.
9 I will thank you forever,
because you have done it.
I will wait for your name, for it is good,
in the presence of the godly.
There Is None Who Does Good
To the choirmaster: according to Mahalath. A Maskil3 of David.
53:1 The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, doing abominable iniquity;
there is none who does good.
2 God looks down from heaven
on the children of man
to see if there are any who understand,4
who seek after God.
3 They have all fallen away;
together they have become corrupt;
there is none who does good,
not even one.
4 Have those who work evil no knowledge,
who eat up my people as they eat bread,
and do not call upon God?
5 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.
6 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.
The Lord Upholds My Life
To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. A Maskil5 of David, when the Ziphites went and told Saul, “Is not David hiding among us?”
54:1 O God, save me by your name,
and vindicate me by your might.
2 O God, hear my prayer;
give ear to the words of my mouth.
3 For strangers6 have risen against me;
ruthless men seek my life;
they do not set God before themselves. Selah
4 Behold, God is my helper;
the Lord is the upholder of my life.
5 He will return the evil to my enemies;
in your faithfulness put an end to them.
6 With a freewill offering I will sacrifice to you;
I will give thanks to your name, O LORD, for it is good.
7 For he has delivered me from every trouble,
and my eye has looked in triumph on my enemies.
Probably a musical or liturgical term
Or in his work of destruction
Probably musical or liturgical terms
Or who act wisely
Probably a musical or liturgical term
Some Hebrew manuscripts and Targum insolent men (compare Psalm 86:14)
As we focus on Psalm 53, I think of how April first has been described as the atheist’s day (v1).
Verses 2-3 are quoted in Romans 3 and describe the nature of fallen humanity who constantly reject and turn away from the Lord. These verses portray great sadness in the heart of the Lord. May they not be true of us.
Those who attack God’s people (v4) do so with little knowledge in regards God and His ways in protecting His people. God will act and those who encamp around the people of God will be terrified (v5).
Always remember that those who attack Christians are to be pitied because their future holds terrible consequences.
For God’s people deliverance will come (v6). Believers need to constantly remember that nothing is outside the control of God and He works all things together for the good of those who love Him. We need to rejoice and praise the Lord for His great faithfulness towards His people.
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