Preacher: “Fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds; there is no one who does good.”
Seeker: Those who do not believe in God are fools twice. Fools once because they do not believe. Fools again because they do evil in the sight of a God who is real.
Preacher: “The Lord looks down from heaven on humankind to see if there are any who are wise, who seek after God.”
Seeker: The Lord invites and encourages humanity to believe. The Lord hopes humanity will believe, and the heavens and those who dwell there hope too.
Preacher: “They have all gone astray, they are all alike perverse; there is no one who does good,
no, not one.”
Seeker: It is hard to find those who believe, and will live out their beliefs. So hard that it would almost seem like none believe.
Preacher: “Have they no knowledge, all the evildoers who eat up my people as they eat bread, and do not call upon the Lord?”
Seeker: The Divine asks, are there none who will believe? And will their unbelief ravage and devour those few who do believe?
Preacher: “There they shall be in great terror, for God is with the company of the righteous.”
Seeker: It will not go well with those who cause God’s people to suffer because the Lord dwells with and undertakes for the righteous.
Preacher: “You would confound the plans of the poor, but the Lord is their refuge.”
Seeker: The poor and downtrodden cry out to the Lord and that Lord hears them and comes to them. The poor are not alone but have the Lord with them. The oppressed find their strength in God.
Preacher: “When the Lord restores the fortunes of his people, Jacob will rejoice; Israel will be glad.” (Psalm 14)
Seeker: Those who have been foolish and lived as if there is no God will be shown the full error of their ways. When the Lord’s people have been rescued and vindicate all of humanity will see what has been true from the beginning of time. God reigns! And God’s people will enjoy the favor of the Lord forever! Selah!
Beloved reader, Psalms 14 is a passage that seemed to cry out for the attentions of Preacher and Seeker. Seeker has come a long way since heard from. Preacher either speaks the scripture or has the greater insight into scripture. But much wisdom and knowledge has been revealed to Seeker. It is my hope and prayer that the Lord has revealed much wisdom and knowledge to you also. Shalom!