Having said that one is a fool, if one says in one’s heart that there is no God, David clearly reveals that his heart beats loudly with the truth that there is an almighty God Whom he loves.
In Psalm 53:6 David brings this Psalm to a close with the words, “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.” The point is that David by these words reveals not only his confidence that God is able to keep His people safe from those that eat them up as bread, but also his love for that people. And if we love God, we will love His people. Their well-being, yea their full salvation, will be the desire of our hearts. Not out of custom, or because we are forced to do so, but sincerely and with joy we will sing the versification:
O would that Israel’s help Were out of Zion come!
O would that God might early bring
His captive people home!
When God from distant lands
His exiled ones shall bring,
His people shall exaltant be,
And gladly they shall sing.
Do you have that trust in God? Are you sure that He will come, as He promised, to deliver us completely from the captivity of sin, wherein the devil lured us? The ques¬tion is not whether we long for, and would be so glad, if only we would be delivered from our aches and pains, from our physical miseries and woes. It is not a question as to whether we would like to escape the lake of fire. There is not a person, including Satan and the fallen angels, who would not rejoice to escape that! But are you interested in deliverance from the captivity of the power of sin, yea from the foolishness of acting as if there is no God and as though Satan’s lie is true that by sinning we become like gods knowing good and evil?
If in your heart you say, “THAT is what I want!” you are by no means a fool but an extremely wise person filled with the wisdom of God through the Spirit of His Son. That is a holy longing that will be answered.
Read: Psalm 126
Psalter versification: 146:7
This devotional was written by Rev. Heys and published by the Reformed Book Outlet.