Praying the Psalms – Psalm 14

Psalm 14

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.

1The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God."
They are corrupt,
They have done abominable works,
There is none who does good.
2 The Lord looks down from heaven upon the children of men,
To see if there are any who understand, who seek God.
3 They have all turned aside,
They have together become corrupt;
There is none who does good,
No, not one.

4 Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge,
Who eat up my people as they eat bread,
And do not call on the Lord?
5 There they are in great fear,
For God is with the generation of the righteous.
6 You shame the counsel of the poor,
But the Lord is his refuge.

7 Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion!
When the Lord brings back the captivity of His people,
Let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad.


Father, those who would deny You are foolish and blind.
The evidence of Your existence, power, and wisdom are everywhere.
For where there is a design, I know there is a Designer behind it.
Those who deny such have impure hearts.
They refuse to acknowledge You because they desire to be their own god.
They pursue illicit pleasure with madness,
And they become increasingly more corrupt.
Wickedness abounds and none are righteous!
It grieves my soul, O Lord.

I know that the way of evil is a path that leads to destruction.
I know that all should call upon Your name, seek Your mercy, and walk in righteousness.
Help me, dear God, to find my strength, hope, and joy in You.