Matthew Henry explains: “God speaks once, yea, twice, and it were well if man would even then perceive it; God, in this psalm, speaks twice, for this is the same almost verbatim with the fourteenth psalm. The scope of it is to convince us of our sins, to set us a blushing and trembling because of them.”
Although these psalms are almost identical, there are a few differences that are important to note.
“The fourteenth Psalm contemplates judgment; the fifty-third deliverance; and thus, though seemingly alike, a different lesson is conveyed in each. The Psalm, then, descriptive of the universal and continuous corruption of man’s nature, very properly occupies an introductory place in a series intended to represent the enemies of Messiah, who oppose his church during his absence, and who are to attempt to resist his power when he comes again. Before entering upon an examination of the character of these opponents, this Psalm teaches that, until changed by grace, all are gone astray; “there is none righteous, no, not one,” and that for all there is but one remedy, the Deliverer coming out of Zion, who shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob” (R. H. Ryland, M.A., in “The Psalms restored to Messiah,” 1853).
“Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion! When God restores the fortunes of his people, let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad.”Psalm 53:6
Our Messiah has come and it is through his grace that we are changed. It is through him that we are made new. It is through him that we are delivered from our evil, sinful ways. It is through him we are transformed from enemies to children of God.
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