Darn those evildoers!

Inspired by Psalm 14

Deborah Beach Giordano
© August 27, 2010

Egotists tell themselves,
“There is no God.”
They have lost all goodness,
like overripe fruit
that has gone soft
and lost its sweet flavor;
there is no health in them,
only evil.

They emit the stench of decay,
and maggots infest
their lifeless hearts.
They defile the earth
as they tread upon it.

God examines their souls,
seeking traces of humanity;
looking through their lives
for evidence of concern for others –
but they are as hollow
as the tomb that awaits them.

They have forsaken God,
and have betrayed their fellow man;
they idolize
wealth and power,
certain that it
will save them.

They are all alike:
vicious, hateful,
and self-centered:
seeking to do evil
and never good;
destroying
and never building up.

The wicked
who seek to devour
my people,
and to grind Creation
into dust
beneath their heels
are stupid.
They fail
to even consider
the Words and Will
of the All Powerful One.

There will come a time
when they will be terrified;
when they will tremble
and cry out,
begging
for the compassion
they denied to others –
but no one will answer;
their fair-weather friends
will sneer and smirk
and reap profits
from their distress.

They take delight
in harming the weak,
they enjoy
intimidating the vulnerable,
and take pride
in exploiting the old
and the sick;
they brag
of their wicked deeds
and laugh
at those who fear them.

But soon –
soon, just wait and see! –
deliverance will come.
The Lord our God,
the Holy One of Eternity
hears
the cries
of the oppressed.

God will give strength
to the weak
and the vulnerable,
and will lift up
the sad,
the weary,
and the downtrodden.
Justice,
peace,
and prosperity
will be theirs –
and there will be rejoicing
across
the whole earth.

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About inklingscommunity

I am a struggling Christian, committed pacifist, near-obsessive recycler, incurable animal lover, inveterate tree-hugger; a nature mystic, a socialized introvert, an advocate for the vulnerable, an opponent of exploiters.
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