Psalm 14 Folly of the Godless and the Triumph of the Righteous
1 The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds,
there is none that does good.
2 The Lord looks down from heaven upon the children of men,
to see if there are any that act wisely,
that seek after God.
3 They have all gone astray, they are all alike corrupt;
there is none that does good,
no, not one.
4 Have they no knowledge, all the evildoers
who eat up my people as they eat bread,
and do not call upon the Lord?
5 There they shall be in great terror,
for God is with the generation of the righteous.
6 You would confound the plans of the poor,
but the Lord is his refuge.
7 O that deliverance for Israel would come out of Zion!
When the Lord restores the fortunes of his people,
Jacob shall rejoice, Israel shall be glad.
– Psalm 14
Commentary based on St. Thomas Aquinas
In Psalm 14, David clearly demonstrates his enemies’ malice. He expresses his hope that he will be liberated from them. He verifies that this malice dwells within his enemies.
He sets forth the basis of their malice and the manner in which their malice proceeds. So it is that malice begins when a man does not have God in his heart.
He demonstrates how sinners are unprofitable to others and how they are unprofitable to themselves, none that does good.
He discusses his hope of liberation. He first demonstrates that the wicked have no hope, because Have they no knowledge. Second, he demonstrates what sort of hope this would be, therein, would come out of Zion.
All the ancients were waiting for this liberation. It was expected to come from Zion, that is from the Jews; Jn 4:22, for salvation is of the Jews.