February 20
SATURDAY FOCUS: Israel’s Deliverance

The theme over the past week has been Israel’s restoration. Israel will be vindicated and those who stand against the nation will ultimately suffer consequences. The following Psalm is a reminder that God will deliver Israel from all enemies:

PSALM 53:1-6

The fool has said in his heart,
“There is no God.”
They are corrupt, and have done abominable iniquity;
There is none who does good.


View of Mount Tabor from Gilboa. Photo courtesy, Maizab (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons – Enhancement courtesy, MKM Portfolios: God Looks Down . . .

God looks down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there are any who understand, who seek God.

Every one of them has turned aside;
They have together become corrupt;
There is none who does good,
No, not one.

Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge,
Who eat up my people as they eat bread,
And do not call upon God?

There they are in great fear
Where no fear was,
For God has scattered the bones of him who encamps against you;
You have put them to shame,
Because God has despised them.


The Hora Dance. By Batia Lychansky in Kfar Saba, Israel. Photo courtesy, Dr. Avishai Teicher (Own work), [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios

Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion!

When God brings back the captivity of His people,
Let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad.

The hope for God’s Chosen People is the God of Israel who has promised restoration and joy.



© Charles E. McCracken 2016, text content only.  Repost/Reprint with permission from the author. Scripture from the NKJV.