Scripture Reading: Psalm 36
Psalm 36:1-4—the bad news
The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes.2 For he flattereth himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity be found to be hateful.3 The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: he hath left off to be wise, and to do good.4 He deviseth mischief upon his bed; he setteth himself in a way that is not good; he abhorreth not evil.
Within my heart—his conclusion is people who behave like that don’t fear God.
Flattereth—vainly convinces himself that his sin is no problem, not worthy of punishment. Feeling guilty is the only thing he hates.
Left off—used to have some knowledge of good and evil, now just goes for it deliberately.
Deviseth—comes up with it on his own, doesn’t need peer pressure.
Psalm 36:5-6—the good news
Thy mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds.6 Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O Lord, thou preservest man and beast
Heavens—infinite and incomprehensible. Clouds—high aboe us, above our grasp. No narrow bounds for either. Mountains—steadfast and unmovable, but also clearly seen! Judgments—execution of His counsel, acting on His righteousness. Deep—unsearchable like the ocean.
O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!34 For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?35 Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.
Past finding out—cannot be tracked. Paul is explaining some of it, but even here it’s hard to be understood, but the world seems completely oblivious to it.
Do we understand our stupidity and our dependence on Him for knowing anything?!
How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings 8 They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.9 For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.
Excellent—valuable, costly. Abundantly satisfied—drink to the full, intoxicated. River—abundance and continuance.
Light—God’s glorious presence. Signifies joy, comfort, happiness. Life needs light to flourish.
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.
How often—a yearning pity, anguished desire. Not going under His wings keeps you in a place of fighting. You either trust or fight.
Life and Light:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.2 The same was in the beginning with God.3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
Was life—the source or fountain of life, essentially and originally, there is none without Him. Light—wisdom, joy, virtue, etc, all we know that helps us be alive, all comes from the source of life that illumines us. It’s available to all, but many choose to not understand it, not let it shine in. They did not appropriate it’s benefits.
John 8:12--Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
Followeth—if you want illumination about life, follow Christ. Darkness and death.
Psalm 36:10-12—two sides—joy or proud violence
O continue thy lovingkindness unto them that know thee; and thy righteousness to the upright in heart.11 Let not the foot of pride come against me, and let not the hand of the wicked remove me.12 There are the workers of iniquity fallen: they are cast down, and shall not be able to rise.
Know thee—right knowledge of God is source of right affections and conduct. Foot and hand—all the evil things evil people can do to you. There—in coming judgment already viewed as done, or in their violent deeds they are taken out, live by the sword, die by the sword, falling in their own pit.