Seek the Lord, Saints, Seek the Lord

Psalm 53

1 The fool says in his heart,
       "There is no God."
       They are corrupt, and their ways are vile;
       there is no one who does good.

2 God looks down from heaven
       on the sons of men
       to see if there are any who understand,
       any who seek God.

3 Everyone has turned away,
       they have together become corrupt;
       there is no one who does good,
       not even one.

4 Will the evildoers never learn—
       those who devour my people as men eat bread
       and who do not call on God?

5 There they were, overwhelmed with dread,
       where there was nothing to dread.
       God scattered the bones of those who attacked you;
       you put them to shame, for God despised them.

6 Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!
       When God restores the fortunes of his people,
       let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!


The Future Glory of Zion

 1 "Sing, O barren woman,
       you who never bore a child;
       burst into song, shout for joy,
       you who were never in labor;
       because more are the children of the desolate woman
       than of her who has a husband,"
       says the LORD.

 2 "Enlarge the place of your tent,
       stretch your tent curtains wide,
       do not hold back;
       lengthen your cords,
       strengthen your stakes.

 3 For you will spread out to the right and to the left;
       your descendants will dispossess nations
       and settle in their desolate cities.

 4 "Do not be afraid; you will not suffer shame.
       Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated.
       You will forget the shame of your youth
       and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood.

 5 For your Maker is your husband—
       the LORD Almighty is his name—
       the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer;
       he is called the God of all the earth.

 6 The LORD will call you back
       as if you were a wife deserted and distressed in spirit—
       a wife who married young,
       only to be rejected," says your God.

 7 "For a brief moment I abandoned you,
       but with deep compassion I will bring you back.

 8 In a surge of anger
       I hid my face from you for a moment,
       but with everlasting kindness
       I will have compassion on you,"
       says the LORD your Redeemer.

 9 "To me this is like the days of Noah,
       when I swore that the waters of Noah would never again cover the earth.
       So now I have sworn not to be angry with you,
       never to rebuke you again.

 10 Though the mountains be shaken
       and the hills be removed,
       yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken
       nor my covenant of peace be removed,"
       says the LORD, who has compassion on you.

 11 "O afflicted city, lashed by storms and not comforted,
       I will build you with stones of turquoise, a]">[a]
       your foundations with sapphires. b]">[b]

 12 I will make your battlements of rubies,
       your gates of sparkling jewels,
       and all your walls of precious stones.

 13 All your sons will be taught by the LORD,
       and great will be your children’s peace.

 14 In righteousness you will be established:
       Tyranny will be far from you;
       you will have nothing to fear.
       Terror will be far removed;
       it will not come near you.

 15 If anyone does attack you, it will not be my doing;
       whoever attacks you will surrender to you.

 16 "See, it is I who created the blacksmith
       who fans the coals into flame
       and forges a weapon fit for its work.
       And it is I who have created the destroyer to work havoc;

 17 no weapon forged against you will prevail,
       and you will refute every tongue that accuses you.
       This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD,
       and this is their vindication from me,"
       declares the LORD.

His Faithful Love Endures Forever

Psalm 107

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His Love endures forever. 2 Let the redeemed of the Lord say this – those He redeemed from the hand of the foe, 3 those He gathered from the lands, from east and west, from north and south. 4 Some wandered in the desert wastelands, finding no way to a city where they could settle. 5 They were hungry and thirsty, and their lives ebbed away. 6 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He delivered them from their distress. 7 He led them by a straight way to a city where they could settle. 8 Let them give thanks to the Lord for His Unfailing Love and His Wonderful Deeds for men, 9 for He Satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with Good Things.

10 Some sat in darkness and the deepest gloom, prisoners suffering in iron chains, 11 for they rebelled against the Words of God and Despised the Counsel of the Most High. 12 So He subjected them to bitter labor; they stumbled, and there was no one to help. 13 They they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and He Saved them from their distress. 14 He Brought them Out of darkness and the deepest gloom and Broke away their chains. 15 Let them Give Thanks to the Lord for His Unfailing Love and His Wonderful Deeds for men, 16 For He Breaks down gates of bronze and cuts through bars of iron.

17 Some became fools through their rebellious ways and suffered affliction because of their iniquities. 18 They loathed all food and drew near the gates of death. 19 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and He Saved Them from their distress. 20 He Sent forth His Word and Healed them; He Rescued them from the grave. 21 Let them Give Thanks to the Lord for His Unfailing Love and His Wonderful Deeds for men. 22 Let them sacrifice Thank Offerings and tell of His Works with Songs of Joy.

23 Others went out on the sea in ships; they were merchants on the mighty waters. 24 They saw the Works of the Lord, His Wonderful Deeds in the deep. 25 For He Spoke and stirred up tempest that lifted high the waves. 26 They mounted up to the heavens and went down to the depths; in their peril their courage melted away. 27 They reeled and staggered like drunken men; they were at their wits end. 28 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He Brought Them Out of their distress. 29 He Stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. 30 They were glad when it grew calm, and He Guided Them to their disired haven. 31 Let them give thanks to the Lord for His Unfailing Love and His Wonderful Deeds for men. 32 Let them Exalt Him in the assemble of the people and Praise Him in the counsel of the elders.

33 He turned rivers into a desert, flowing springs into thirsty ground, 34 and fruitful land into a salt waste, because of the wickedness of those who lived there. 35 He turned the desert into pools of water and the parched ground into flowing springs; 36 there He Brought the hungry to live, and they founded a city where they could settle. 37 They sowed fields and planted vineyards that yeilded a fruitful harvest; 38 He Blessed Them, and their numbers greatly increased, and He Did Not Let Their Herds Diminish. 39 Then their numbers decreased, and they were humbled by oppression, calamity and sorrow; 40He who pours contempt on nobles made them wander in a trackless waste. 41 But He Lifted the needy out of affliction and increased their families like flocks. 42 The upright see and rejoice, but the wicked shut their mouths.

Whoever is Wise, Let Him Heed these things and consider the Great Love of the Lord.