When you read through this Psalm there is once again the comparison of the followers of God and those opposed to God. J.A. Motyer writes,
“Though parallel to Psalm 14, Psalm 53 focuses the same truth on a different subject. The key variation comes in v 5. Psalm 14:5 remarks on the dread which seized the foes of the Lord’s people when the realization dawned that the Lord was in the company of the righteous; 53:5 rebukes needless fear felt by God’s people when faced by their foes (4), since God scattered their opponents. Together, therefore, the psalms exhibit contrasting facets of the same situation: when danger threatens, their enemies have everything to fear, and God’s people have nothing to fear.1”
This Psalm is a reminder that we need to continually look to God for our strength and portion. The fears of this world are driven by the lack of confidence in an All-Powerful God. A God who calls us his friend when we put our faith and trust in Him.
1(Motyer, J. A. (1994). The Psalms. In D. A. Carson, R. T. France, J. A. Motyer, & G. J. Wenham (Eds.), New Bible commentary: 21st century edition (4th ed., p. 520). Leicester, England; Downers Grove, IL: Inter-Varsity Press.)
3 Month Reading Plan - Psalms 51-53
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