Tehillim / Psalms 53, Part 1, The Beginning of Wisdom


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This week’s study is from Tehillim / Psalms 53:1-6, the psalm opens saying, א   לַמְנַצֵּחַ עַל-מָחֲלַת מַשְֹכִּיל לְדָוִד:  For the choir director; according to Mahalath. A Maskil of David. (NASB) David opens making the statement, ב   אָמַר נָבָל בְּלִבּוֹ אֵין אֱלֹהִים הִשְׁחִיתוּ וְהִתְעִיבוּ עָוֶל אֵין עֹשֵֹה-טוֹב:  53:1 The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God,’ They are corrupt, and have committed abominable injustice; There is no one who does good. (NASB)  The concept here is that the person who says God does not exist, he is filled with injustice and abominations.  Why do you think a person who denies the existence of God would be filled with these things?  He continues saying, ג   אֱלֹהִים מִשָּׁמַיִם הִשְׁקִיף עַל-בְּנֵי אָדָם לִרְאוֹת הֲיֵשׁ מַשְֹכִּיל דֹּרֵשׁ אֶת-אֱלֹהִים: ד   כֻּלּוֹ סָג יַחְדָּו נֶאֱלָחוּ אֵין עֹשֵֹה-טוֹב אֵין גַּם אֶחָד: 53:2 God has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men To see if there is anyone who understands, Who seeks after God. 53:3 Every one of them has turned aside; together they have become corrupt; There is no one who does good, not even one. (NASB)  Based on David’s understanding of the Lord from the Torah, the Lord looks down upon man not for destruction, but to see who upon this earth is seeking Him.  The conclusion is that none have what the Lord is looking for.  What is the Lord looking for in our lives? Read more here: Tehillim 53-Part1

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