I was reading Psalm 36 and had to share it with you! What a wonderful description of God’s character! What a contrast with the wicked!
“Sin whispers to the wicked, deep within their hearts. They have no fear of God at all. 2 In their blind conceit, they cannot see how wicked they really are.3 Everything they say is crooked and deceitful. They refuse to act wisely or do good. 4 They lie awake at night, hatching sinful plots. Their actions are never good. They make no attempt to turn from evil.5 Your unfailing love, O Lord, is as vast as the heavens; your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds.6 Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the ocean depths. You care for people and animals alike, O Lord. 7 How precious is your unfailing love, O God! All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings.8 You feed them from the abundance of your own house, letting them drink from your river of delights. 9 For you are the fountain of life, the light by which we see.10 Pour out your unfailing love on those who love you; give justice to those with honest hearts. 11 Don’t let the proud trample me or the wicked push me around. 12 Look! Those who do evil have fallen! They are thrown down, never to rise again.”
These are the notes I wrote on my Bible the last time I read this Psalm and I am grateful to God I went back to it today.
Verses 1-4 – the wicked sin because they have no fear of God at all. They refuse Him as king and because of that they can’t see their corrupt and evil hearts. These verses remind us that people who don’t know God will act in ways that will be against His desires.
Verses 5-9 – this is a beautiful description of God’s character and His love. Oh the magnitude of His righteousness and justice! What a contrast! God is always ready to show His love to those that love and fear Him.
Verses 10-11 – a prayer for protection from those wicked in heart.
Verse 12 – the certainty of the wicked man’s fate: they will be defeated. They will never rise again.
It was so nice to read these notes and be reminded that God’s love is greater than the wicked! His righteousness and justice are perfect! He will never fail! In fact, verse 12 tells is that the wicked will be destroyed.