Daily email Number 314 – from the Vicar

We move on in our daily Bible reading to Psalm 14.
Here outlined for us is a clash of different views of the world.  
There is the fool, who says there is no God (v.1), and therefore does evil things thinking that they can get away with it (vs.3-4).  (As a little footnote in my NIV Bible, we are told that “fool” in the Psalms is not so much someone who is stupid, but someone who is morally deficient.)
And then there is the Lord who looks down from heaven at the mess, and is looking for those who are seeking Him (v.2), and is present in the world in the lives of the righteous, those who live by faith in Him.Biblical examples of the ‘company of the righteous’ (v.5) might be Moses and the Israelites as they cross the Red Sea, Elijah at Mount Carmel with the prophets of Baal, Daniel in exile in Babylon, and Paul and Silas in jail in Philippi.
Here is a challenge for us to be the company of the righteous in Kings Heath or wherever the Lord places us.
And in the stress of these clashes of worldviews, the Psalmist calls out for salvation for the Lord’s people to come out of Zion (v.7), ultimately fulfilled in the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.

From our church address list, let us pray today for,- Sharon & George- Roger, Sue & Daniel

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