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Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost (Sep 11th)

Pastor's Summary of Psalm 14

This psalm laments the breakdown of moral order. "Fools" are not atheists, but rather those who deny that God is concerned with human behavior. (Proverbs 10:23 contrasts the "fool" with the "person of understanding".) To the psalmist, the world is full of such fools, people who are "corrupt" (v. 1) and do terrible things.  God, he says, sees no one who seeks to follow God's ways (v. 2). V. 4 asks: do these wicked people not understand God at all? (Micah 3:2-3 too speaks of preying on the godly as eating them. ) But (v. 5) the ungodly will be "in dire alarm" (Revised English Bible), for God is in the community of those who follow his ways.  Even though the godly seem to be under the thumb of the deviants, God will protect them. Oh that God, whose earthly residence in the Temple ("Zion", v. 7) would deliver the oppressed from the ungodly! When he does, all Israel, Jacob's descendants, will rejoice.