The Words of a Fool (Psalm 14)

Psalm 14

Denunciation of Godlessness

To the leader. Of David.

Fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.”
    They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds;
    there is no one who does good.

The Lord looks down from heaven on humankind
    to see if there are any who are wise,
    who seek after God.

They have all gone astray, they are all alike perverse;
    there is no one who does good,
    no, not one.

Have they no knowledge, all the evildoers
    who eat up my people as they eat bread,
    and do not call upon the Lord?

There they shall be in great terror,
    for God is with the company of the righteous.
You would confound the plans of the poor,
    but the Lord is their refuge.

O that deliverance for Israel would come from Zion!
    When the Lord restores the fortunes of his people,
    Jacob will rejoice; Israel will be glad.
(Psalm 14:1-7, New Revised Standard Version)

The Words of a Fool

(a poem based on Psalm 14)

What did I hear you say? How can you say that?
I don’t understand, why can’t you believe?
How can you reject God, your empty words fall flat.
Words of a fool make my heart grieve.

“I have no faith?” Is that really your belief?
God gives you each breath you take, breathe deep.
God is with you in times of grace and times of grief.
“There is no God,” words of a fool.

From above God looks down on you with grief and tears.
God calls your name. Listen as God speaks.
Listen to God’s voice, hear God with listening ears.
Words of a fool, make life bleak.

Do not turn from God, stand firm and do not stray.
Have faith in God, follow and do good.
God is always for you, remember when you pray.
No words of a fool, firm you stood.

Fortunes of faithful people, God does restore
Do not be a head-strong, stubborn mule.
Accept God’s great gift, divine grace God will sill pour.
Faith words aren’t the words of a fool.

Come join with faithful servants seeking God’s love.
Follow God in faith, an easy rule
God then will lift you from the muck to stand above,
Never saying the words of a fool.

Copyright 2020, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved
Permission for non-commercial use is granted


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