May 20. Dependence upon God

Ps. 11:1-14:7; 53:1-6

In times of peril, one may be tempted or even urged to flee, but safety and refuge are in the Lord. Trials and persecutions will come upon the righteous. Those are like the smelter’s fire that purifies the soul. Society may try to destroy our foundations, but God is above in heaven and sees all. The wicked will be punished and the righteous rewarded.

“Help, Lord, for the godly man ceases!” To the psalmist, it seemed that the righteous had disappeared and only evil men had remained. Their words were rebellious toward God. Again, God sees all and will refine and protect His people.

In one of his periods of despair, David cried out, “How long. O Lord? Will…my enemy be exalted over me?” He had confidence in the Lord’s salvation, but wondered when. David feared that his enemy would celebrate in victory over him. He expressed his faith at the end of his prayer. “But I have trusted in Your mercy…shall rejoice…will sing to the Lord, Because He has dealt bountifully with me.”

Psalms 14 and 53 are almost identical and will be discussed together in our study.

“The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’” One’s lack of intelligence is not being displayed in that statement. Satan has used many highly intelligent individuals to sow the seeds of his deceit. A person may deny God by a direct statement of unbelief or he may display a lack of genuine faith by his actions even though he may profess that God does exist. It is the foolish person who refuses to submit to God in faithful obedience. Man has a corrupt and sinful nature that tends to seek his own desires and pleasures instead of following God. The two psalms ended with a plea for the salvation of David’s people, Israel.