Man's Sin And The Goodness Of God
– Psalm Thirty Six –
"The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes. For he flattereth himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity be found to be hateful. The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: he hath left off to be wise, and to do good. He deviseth mischief upon his bed; he setteth himself in a way that is not good; he abhorreth not evil. Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds. Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O LORD, thou preservest man and beast. How excellent is thy loving kindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings. They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures. For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light. O continue thy loving kindness unto them that know thee; and thy righteousness to the upright in heart. Let not the foot of pride come against me, and let not the hand of the wicked remove me. There are the workers of iniquity fallen: they are cast down, and shall not be able to rise." (Psalm 36:1-12)
This psalm shows a very vivid contrast between the blessings of those who walk in fellowship with God and the curses of the transgressors or the wicked. The transgression or sins of the wicked says to them, "God will never find out." The wicked somehow make themselves believe that they will never suffer the consequences of their wrong doings. When a person should be in prayerful sleep the wicked person stays awake, thinking up mischief that they can participate in. David said the wicked "abhorreth not evil." In our day we have gotten use to the darkness of sins and there are so few who truly abhor evil. Somehow society thinks that just any wrong should be tolerated. While man is sinful God is full or mercy. God is faithful and His faithfulness reaches the clouds. God's righteousness and judgments are always fair. They are firm like mountains and deep like the sea. God is that life giving fountain and in Him we find light. David closed the psalm with a request to God to keep showing love to everyone who knows and serves Him. He wanted God to use His power to save the upright in heart.
A description of the wicked -- Psalm 36:1-4: Psalm 36 is a psalm dealing with the tragedy of wickedness and the great loss that follows evil. Sinners do not respect God; all they think about is sin. There is no fear of God before their eyes. There are all kinds of rebellion and transgression because there is no fear of the Lord in the hearts of those people. Those who do not fear God do all kinds of evil things. They give no thought to the eternal consequences that follow every action. Let us "...know that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment... (Ecclesiastes 11:9-10) One of the most prevailing commands in the Bible is "Fear God." "Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, which fear before him." (Ecclesiastes 8:12) The wicked man believes that whatever situation he is in that he is all right. We are only all right when we are walking with God. The wicked flatters himself so much that he cannot detect or hate his own sin. The words of his mouth are wicked and deceitful. The wicked person has become foolish and does no good. He lies on his bed and plots evil.
A description of the greatness of God -- Psalm 36:5-9: David now turns his attention to meditate upon the greatness of God. He focused on God's love being as high as the heavens. Even the clouds in the sky can depend on God's faithfulness. God's judgments and decisions are always firm like the mighty mountains. He preserves both man and beast. "If God sees the sparrow's fall, paints the lilies short and tall, gives the skies their azure blue, will He not then care for you?" There is no way that we can begin to describe God's love, faithfulness, righteousness and justice. How priceless is His unfailing love for us! It is so wonderful to be able to take refuge in the shadow of His wings.
A prayer for God's continued love -- Psalm 36:10-12: David prayed to God to continue His love to His children and His righteousness to the upright in heart. If God continues as He is we will be blessed now and forever. David then prayed that the foot of the proud not come up against him to kick him around. He asked God not to allow the hand of the wicked to drive Him away. Then in a great statement of faith, even before it happened David saw the evil doers as being fallen and God's justice prevailing. We have every reason to praise God.
There are many blessings that come to those who live a righteous life. We must put our trust in God and be righteous by means of salvation through the blood of Jesus. Please accept God's wonderful good news that Jesus died for your sins. Will you be baptized into Christ to put on Christ so that your sins can be forgiven by His blood? "For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ." (Galatians 3:26-27) Believers contact Christ's saving blood by being baptized into His death. Those who become children of God are then in a position to lift up God and praise Him for His mighty power.