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July 11th, 2020 Daily Devotional

Psalm 53

1 Fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they commit abominable acts; there is

no one who does good.

2 God looks down from heaven on humankind to see if there are any who are wise, who seek after God.

3 They have all fallen away, they are all alike perverse; there is no one who does good, no, not one.

4 Have they no knowledge, those evildoers, who eat up my people as they eat bread, and do not call

upon God?

5 There they shall be in great terror, in terror such as has not been. For God will scatter the bones of the

ungodly; they will be put to shame, for God has rejected them.

6 O that deliverance for Israel would come from Zion! When God restores the fortunes of his people,

Jacob will rejoice; Israel will be glad.

As we move throughout the Psalms, you're probably already noticing several common themes and refrains. Does Psalm 53 sound familiar? Take a look back at Psalm 14 and compare the two. (You might also notice that neither of these psalms address God directly, which is unusual.) The Psalm defines foolishness as a defect of the heart, not the mind--in other words, it refers to those who do not understand a proper relationship with God. Give some thought today about those things that help you establish/maintain a right relationship with God.

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