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Heart Aflame - May 16, 2010

Psalm 53

Everyone has turned away, they have together become corrupt; there is no one who doe good, not even one.  David declares that all men are so carried away by their capricious lusts, that nothing is to be found either of purity or integrity in thir whole life.  He not only censures a portion of the peole, but pronounces them all to be equally involved in the same condition.  But it might be asked, how David makes no exception, not even one, when, nevertheless, he informs us a little after, that the poor and afflicted put their trust in God?  Again, it might be asked, if all were wicked, who was that Israel whose future redemption he celebrates in the end of the psalm?  No, as he himself was one of the body of that people why does he not at least except himself?  The answer is:  It is against the carnal and degenerate body of the Israelitish nation that he here inveighs, and the small number constituting the seed which God had set apart for himself is not included among them.  This is the reason why Paul, in his Epistle to the Romans, 3:10, extends this sentence to all mankind ("There is no one righteous, not even one.")  David, it is true, deplores the disordered and desolate state of matters under the regin of Saul.  At the same time, however, he doubtless makes a comparison between the children of God and all who have not been regenerated by the Spirit, but are carried away according to the inclinations of their flesh.  The subject which Paul reasons upon is not, what is the character of the greater part of men, but what is the character of all who are led and governed by their own corrupt nature.  It is, therefore, to be observed, that when Daid places himself and the small remnant of the godly on one side, and puts on hte other side of the body of the people, in general, this implies that there is a manifest difference between the children of God who are created anew by his Spirit, and all the posterity of Adam, in whom corruption and depravity exercise dominion.  Only God can make us new creatues by his mysterious grace.

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