objective of these ‘Frameworks' is to provide an easy-to-read
layout of the text in order then to use these individual verses
for meditation. To focus each verse we have also added a subheading
summary as a description of what is happening)
Psalm 36: Recognition of the Sinfulness of mankind
the director of music. Of David the servant of the Lord .
Comments: A song by David who presents himself as
the servant of the Lord. It is a song about how the wicked show
their sinfulness [v.1], whose pride blinds them and allows them
to speak and do wrong, constantly planning wrongdoing. [v.1-4]
Almost in contrast David extols the goodness of the Lord – His
love, faithfulness, righteousness and justice [meditate on each]
[v.5,6] that brings blessings to His people [v.7-10] which brings
him security [v.11,12].
1: v.1-4: The Wrongdoing of the Wicked
This is all about the wicked
have a message from God in my heart
the sinfulness of the wicked:
They are fearless of God, their pride covers their sin, they speak,
act & plan wrong
is no fear of God
their own eyes they flatter themselves
to detect or hate their sin.
words of their mouths are wicked and deceitful;
to act wisely or do good.
on their beds they plot evil;
themselves to a sinful course
and do not
reject what is wrong.
2: v.5-12: The Goodness of the Lord
David extols God's goodness
love, Lord, reaches to the heavens,
to the skies.
righteousness is like the highest mountains,
like the great deep.
, preserve both people and animals.
He testifies to how it is worked out for the good of His people
priceless is your unfailing love, O God!
refuge in the shadow of your wings.
feast on the abundance of your house;
them drink from your river of delights.
He brings life & light & love in all His right doing
with you is the fountain of life;
light we see light.
your love to those who know you,
to the upright in heart.
He declares his security on the basis of what has happened
May the foot of the proud not come against me,
the hand of the wicked drive me away.
how the evildoers lie fallen—
not able to rise!
Thoughts: A very basic psalm delineating the distinctions
between sinful mankind and the goodness of God. That goodness
is expressed in very practical ways that ultimately leaves him
feeling confident and secure.]
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