Psalm 36 (NIV)
For the director of music. Of David the servant of the Lord.
1 I have a message from God in my heart
concerning the sinfulness of the wicked:
There is no fear of God
before their eyes.
2 In their own eyes they flatter themselves
too much to detect or hate their sin.
3 The words of their mouths are wicked and deceitful;
they fail to act wisely or do good.
4 Even on their beds they plot evil;
they commit themselves to a sinful course
and do not reject what is wrong.
As we read this Psalm David speaks of evil persons in the world: “The Wicked” he calls them. They appear to be marked in this particular Psalm by a number of characteristics:
-There is no fear of God in their eyes.
-A narcissism that causes blandness to his own sin
-A filthy pattern of speech and lies
-A failure to act wisely or do good
-He is committed to an active sinful course
-Finally, he does not reject what is wrong.
Admit it, the world isn’t getting better
Let’s admit it, this world isn’t getting better. When you look at corporate greed, self-actualization, narcissism, violence, abuse, racism, sexism, this list can keep going for say, about a week? What humanity chooses to do to each other is very sad. The manner in which we can hurt one another and the reasons we have for doing so are heartbreaking. We haven’t even begun to describe what our humanity is doing to the Earth.
David initially describes the “wicked” as those who do not fear God. He is speaking of a very proud man. Notice it doesn’t say that there is no knowledge of God, nor does he say that the man doesn’t believe in God. What David says is that the man does not have a respect or honor for God. He very well may believe in him, the point is that he shakes his fist in the face of God. He will not bow down, or yield to God as ruler.
That is a tough place to be, but let’s not be too proud to admit that we may have been there ourselves a time or two. You may be reading this and find yourself mad, or shaking your fist in the face of God right now. Take a breath and ask him to be your God and then let him be your God.
Love is a great answer to the evil around you
David ends this part of the passage by describing the wicked as “not rejecting what is wrong.” David is saying he doesn’t do anything about the problems, the sin, in his life. It can also be understood that he is speaking of the fact that a wicked man doesn’t do anything about the evil and sin around him.
Love is a great answer to the evil around you. Love is the nemesis of the evil around you, the archenemy of all that is bad in the world. In an entertainment world ripe with superheroes, Jesus is my superhero of Love. Love is a verb; an action; a movement. It is what you DO not what you say.
David describes God love as unfailing. He can do that because God IS love. He is not loving, or lovely, rather he is love. Christ proved that when he went to die on the cross for you and my sins.
If love is an action that is taken on your behalf, then Calvary was the greatest. When someone who owed nothing died for people who owed everything, well, you get it.
Look at what David goes on to say in Psalm 36:
Psalm 36:7-9 (NIV)
7 How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!
People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
8 They feast on the abundance of your house;
you give them drink from your river of delights.
9 For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light we see light.
David says we feast on the abundance of God’s house. I don’t know what you think of when you think about the abundance of God’s house, I think of abundantly abundant. For some reason my mind goes to leftovers, but that isn’t what it says, it says it is the abundance.
There is plenty of food in my house. Sometimes we come in and there is enough food that we cannot decide what to eat. Other times there is food but not what we want. In both cases there is ample food. God has ABUNDANCE to feast upon. That word abundance is “midesen” and it refers to the “fatness” of God’s possession and provision.
Today I want you to focus on a God who himself, through the Prophet King David, Says you get to eat his abundance and drink from his RIVER OF DELIGHTS. Bring it on Tuesday, you are mine!!!