An oracle within my heart concerning the transgression of the wicked: There is no fear of God before his eyes. For he flatters himself in his own eyes, when he finds out his iniquity and when he hates. The words of his mouth are wickedness and deceit; He has ceased to be wise and to do good. He devises wickedness on his bed; He sets himself in a way that is not good; He does not abhor evil.
Your mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens; Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds. Your righteousness is like the great mountains; Your judgments are a great deep; O Lord, You preserve man and beast. How precious is Your loving-kindness, O God!
Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings. They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house, and You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures. For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light we see light. Oh, continue Your loving-kindness to those who know You, and Your righteousness to the upright in heart. Let not the foot of pride come against me, and let not the hand of the wicked drive me away. There the workers of iniquity have fallen; they have been cast down and are not able to rise. (To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David the Servant of the Lord – Psalm 36)
The Rebellious, The Righteous, The Reassurance
The Rebellious. I find in the psalms that not much has changed with man. David writes about the rascals that lived in his time. He could have written the psalm in our generation describing how men live. People are no more wicked today than they have been in years past. It may be a horse of a different color but it remains unchanged. Mankind just wants to do what it wants to do. Society today no longer has a respect nor fear of God. He is a myth. Like those in the days of Noah they will myth the boat. The wickedness of man is seated in his own pride of passion. Evil is what he longs for.
The Righteous. On the other hand there are the people of God who still believe in the reality of their Maker. We learn about His mercy, faithfulness, righteousness and judgments finding a God full of love. Living in a mixed up world is tough but we still trust in the Lord. Did you see how David described that? “Under the shadow or Your wings.” Comfort. Protection. Peace.
The Reassurance. Living in a perverted world needs a little reassurance. We will never be forsaken by the Lord. As an eternal fountain our God will always satisfy our needs. Trusting in Him will give us the strength to bear trials and sorrows of this life. He will never let us down.
Today is midweek. Plan to be with saints this evening to be encouraged and built up. The wicked abound in the world but the righteous flourish in the presence of the Lord. We need each other. Be a hero to someone today!
The Christian has a deep, silent, hidden peace, which the world sees not, like some well in a retired and shady place … What he is when left to himself and to his God, that is his true life. (John Henry Newman, Parochial and Plain Sermons, Vol. 5, 1843)