Lectionary Reflection for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

This excerpt comes from Psalms for All Seasons, commenting on Psalm 14:

Psalm 14, which is nearly identical to Ps. 53, is a wisdom psalm that exposes the folly and pervasiveness of unbelief and faithfulness, particularly the failure to acknowledge God (v. 1), human corruption (v. 1) and oppression (v. 4).

It culminates with a strong expression of desire for God to deliver and restore the people (v. 7). The psalm is quoted by Paul (Rom. 3:10-12) to demonstrate the universality of human sin.


A prayer for reflection:

Patient and loving Lord,
in a world where many deny your very existence and fearlessly break your laws,
we trust that you are God Most High and that you will judge the world with justice.
You are sovereign—we are not; you are holy—we are not.
Help us to see the foolishness of earthly wisdom.
Through Jesus Christ, lead us home to you. Amen.


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