Psalms 14

God Looks Down from Heaven
For the Pure and Shining One, by King David
1Only the withering soul would say to himself,
“There is no God.”
Anyone who thinks like this is corrupt and callous,
depraved and detestable, devoid of what is good.
2The Lord looks down in love,
bending over heaven’s balcony,
looking over all of Adam’s sons and daughters.
He’s looking to see if there is anyone who acts wisely,
any who are searching for God and wanting to please him.
3But no, everyone has wandered astray,
walking stubbornly toward evil.
Not one is good; he can’t even find one.
4Look how they live in luxury while exploiting my people!
Won’t these workers of wickedness ever learn?
They don’t ever even think of praying to God.
5But just look at them now, in panic, trembling with terror.
For the Lord is on the side of the generation of loyal lovers.
6The Lord is always the safest place for the poor
when the workers of wickedness oppress them.
7How I wish that Israel’s rescue
would arise from the midst of Zion!
When his people are restored,
Jacob’s joy will break forth
and Israel will be glad!