Praying the Psalms: Mon, 16 Jul – Psalm 14 ~ Only fools say: “There is no God.”

Praying the Psalms

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening – (Northumbria Community)

One thing I have asked of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life; to behold the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.

Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ, King of endless glory.

Morning Reading: Psalm 14 (NLT)

Only fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, and their actions are evil; not one of them does good!

The Lord looks down from heaven on the entire human race; he looks to see if anyone is truly wise, if anyone seeks God. But no, all have turned away; all have become corrupt. No one does good, not a single one!

Will those who do evil never learn? They eat up my people like bread and wouldn’t think of praying to the Lord. Terror will grip them, for God is with those who obey him. The wicked frustrate the plans of the oppressed, but the Lord will protect his people.

Who will come from Mount Zion to rescue Israel? When the Lord restores his people, Jacob will shout with joy, and Israel will rejoice.
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Morning Prayer

Lord our God: Save us from this godless, corrupt generation; give us wisdom –

+ That our motives might be pure in all we do
+ That we might love you with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength
+ That we might seek your face in the morning when we arise, throughout the day, and in the evening when we go to bed

Lord our God: Save us from this godless, corrupt generation; give us wisdom –

+ That we might be set free from the bondage of foolishness
+ That we might do what’s right and walk in your ways
+ That we might live under your protection

Lord our God: We await your coming with joyful expectation. Come quickly, deliver your people and restore us. Amen.
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“The Fool (Psalm 14)” – The Shiyr Poets

The fool says in his heart
‘There is no God’
Corrupt and vile their deeds
There is no one; there is no one who does good

The Lord looks down from the heavens
On all the children of men
He’s looking for someone
Looking for someone; looking for someone
Looking for someone who seeks God

All turn astray, turn away altogether corrupted
No one does good; there is none; there is not a single one

Do they not know?
Those who do wrong
Will they never learn
Evil goes on

As if they were bread, they consume
They devour my people
They never call on the Lord
Too busy doing wrong

But there they are shackled with dread
For God is here with the righteous band

In your plot against the poor
You will be shamed
For the Lord is their safe place
God their shelter God their refuge in their need

Oh may salvation come from Zion
For all of Israel
Oh may salvation come from Zion
He’s coming from Zion
When the Lord restores his own
He’s coming from Zion
When the Lord restores his own
He’s coming from Zion
Let Jacob praise and Israel be glad
Let Jacob praise and Israel be glad
He’s coming from Zion
He’s coming from Zion
He’s coming from Zion
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Blessing – (Northumbrian Community)

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.
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+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!



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