Psalm 36 Man’s Wickedness and God’s Perfections

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David the Servant of the LORD

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 lovingkindness, 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 lovingkindness 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.

The wicked find pride in their sins and flaunt their sins as if it ought to be praised. They find foolish ways to express themselves, ceasing to form reasonable opinions and ways of going about their lives.

God’s mercy abounds anyway, disregarding the shameful characteristics of mankind. He is always true to His attributes of loving kindness, faithfulness, and righteousness. As His children, He will provide for us, even if not in a way that we understand. We should pray that we do not fall into the same trap of pride or become like the wicked.

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