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In Case You Missed It -- Exodus 39, Psalm 53

While the priests are clothing themselves for the ministry of making offerings to the Lord in Exodus, Psalm 53 teaches that there is something within all of us that clothes cannot cover. Though David begins by calling atheism foolish, mainly he reproves all our hearts. Some would suggest that David’s description of human motives is bleak and that he minimizes our goodness, but the apostle Paul agrees with David (Romans 3:10-12). Jewish and Christian teaching—while denying neither our status as image bearers of God, nor the good that this implies—insists upon our fundamental sinful condition. Our hearts long for wicked things, and so we follow our hearts. This leads David to hope that some resolution would come from God’s temple on Zion and that God would restore His people (Psalm 53:6). David asks for salvation. He did not necessarily perceive restoration as complete and final purification, yet God’s salvation offers just that through Jesus (Hebrews 10:10). Let the people of Jacob, Christ’s church, rejoice and be glad (Psalm 53:6).

Jeremiah Vaught