Read Psalm 53. 1The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, doing abominable iniquity; there is none who does good. 2God looks down from heaven on the children of man to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God. 3They have all fallen away; together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one. 4Have those who work evil no knowledge, who eat up my people as they eat bread, and do not call upon God? 5There they are, in great terror, where there is no terror! For God scatters the bones of him who encamps against you; you put them to shame, for God has rejected them. 6Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion! When God restores the fortunes of his people, let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad.
This psalm is almost identical to Psalm 14 until verse 5. These fools are afraid, not of God as they should be, but of a non-existent terror. The unbeliever fears all the wrong things, even dreading things that they aren’t even sure will happen. Financial crisis. Health issues. Job loss. Abandonment. Rejection. Something is sure to go wrong.
In Christ dread of terror, especially made up terror, is never to be our state. This is the mindset of the fool, not the faithful. Why? Because in Christ, God has scattered, shamed, and rejected all of our enemies. Our real enemies. Spiritual enemies. So why make up enemies in our minds when Jesus has conquered every spiritual force encamped against us? Why fear the future, constantly waiting for the next thing to go wrong, when our fortunes have been restored in Christ? Why say there is no God when his salvation has already come from Zion’s cross?
To live is Christ is to reject fear of the future because salvation has already taken up residence in us in him.
Prayer. Jesus, let me rejoice and be glad in your salvation, not fearing made up enemies and problems that, in reality, you have already solved. Amen.
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