Folly of the Godless, and the Restoration of Israel

To the Chief Musician. Set to “Mahalath.” A Contemplation of David.

1 The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, and have done abominable iniquity;
There is none who does good.

2 God looks down from heaven upon the children of men,
To see if there are any who understand, who seek God.
3 Every one of them has turned aside;
They have together become corrupt;
There is none who does good,
No, not one.

  • Lord, I will not be a fool. I know You are God and that You exist eternally.
  • Keep me from corrupt acts full of iniquity.
  • I am a human being, full of evil intent, but I long to be holy and please You alone.
  • Look upon me in my struggle. I long for your presence and Your truth.
  • Everyone around me, it seems, experiences the same struggle.
  • We are all lost and without direction, unless You help us. Help us, Lord!

4 Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge,
Who eat up my people as they eat bread,
And do not call upon God?
5 There they are in great fear
Where no fear was,
For God has scattered the bones of him who encamps against you;
You have put them to shame,
Because God has despised them.

  • Give me knowledge, O LORD, that I may please You.
  • I call upon You, God, that I may not be put to shame.
  • I fear You and Your judgment, but I long for Your presence anyway.
  • In Your presence I am safe and have joy.

6 Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion!
When God brings back the captivity of His people,
Let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad.

  • Lord, let Your salvation come unto Your people!
  • Bring back our lost loved ones, our prodigals, our captives.
  • Liberate those in bondage. Set the captives free. Let us rejoice over our friends and family being saved.
  • Let all Your people rejoice over the blessings of God. Help us to see Your work in our days.
  • Blessed be the name of the Lord, and blessed be those who call on Your name!

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