Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Psalm 53:1-6. Psalm 53 is a Psalm of David. David starts this psalm by saying, “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.” David says that God looked down from heaven and saw all of the children of Israel had turned their backs on Him. How do you think it makes God feel when we turn our backs on Him?
The Bible tells us, “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10). Because of Adam and Eve’s sin in the garden we are all born into a sinful world. We are born with a sinful nature.
Isaiah 64:6 reminds us, “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” In spite of all we can do to be righteous, because of God’s holiness, our righteousness is as filthy rags.
None of us are excluded. Romans 3:23 tells us, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” Only through accepting Jesus Christ as our Savior, can our sins be covered by His blood. Then we can come boldly before the throne of God as one of His dear children.
Some of us don’t want to admit that we’re in need of a Savior. First John 1:10 tells us, “If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” So the best thing we can do is admit that we’re not perfect. Accept the fact that we all have sinned. We need to ask Jesus to forgive us of our sins, to please come into our hearts and we need to make Him the Lord of our lives. Only then can we have eternal life and be forgiven for all of our sinful ways.
God dealt with the enemies of Israel. The children of Israel were scattered abroad. One day God will gather His chosen people back to the Promised Land. He will come back to gather His people, both Jews and Gentiles, to be with Him forever. Are you ready for His call?
“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).
Daily Bible Reading:
1 [[To the Chief Musician upon Mahalath, Maschil, [A Psalm] of David.]] 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.
2 God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God.
3 Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
4 Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread: they have not called upon God.
5 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.
6 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.
Things to think about:
- How does our righteousness compare to God’s righteousness?
- Since we are all sinners, what do we need to do to make things right with God?
- Have you accepted Christ as your Savior? If so, when and where? If not, please consider doing so today.
- How do you share with others their need for a Savior?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
We thank You for this Scripture in Psalm 53. Thank You for reminding us that none of us are righteous, we have all sinned. Help us to seek Your forgiveness of our sins by believing and accepting Your Son, Jesus Christ, as our Lord and Savior. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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About the book:
The Book of Psalms: Part 2 Chapters 31-60 by Deborah H. Bateman is 27th book in the Daily Bible Reading Series. The book of Psalms contains 150 chapters. Deborah divided The Book of Psalms into five books to make it easier to read and study. Each book will contain approximately thirty chapters from the book of Psalms.
Psalm 119 will not be included in The Book of Psalms since Deborah has already published a book about it called: Psalm 119: Thy Word is a Lamp unto My Feet. The book of Psalms is one of Deborah’s favorite books of the Bible. It is a great book to read if you’re ever feeling down or need to renew your relationship with Christ. King David went through a lot of tough times in his lifetime, but he loved God and trusted God to protect him from his enemies.
The book of Psalms was written by various people. About half of it was attributed to King David, whether they were written by David or for David is questioned by some biblical scholars. Some of the Psalms were written by Asaph and some say they were written for the sons of Korah and even Moses and Solomon were writers of the Psalms. The Psalms consists of poetry that was primarily meant to be used as songs of praise to the Lord.
The Book of Psalms: Part 2 Chapters 31-60 contains thirty-five Daily Bible Reading Lessons. Each lesson contains a brief commentary by the author, the Daily Bible Reading Scriptures, a few questions for contemplation or discussion, and a prayer of the day. It is a great Bible study for individuals or group studies.
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