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FRAMEWORKS: Psalm 36: Recognition of the Sinfulness of mankind


For the director of music. Of David the servant of the Lord .


[Preliminary 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].



PART 1: v.1-4: The Wrongdoing of the Wicked


v.1a This is all about the wicked


v.1  I have a message from God in my heart
     concerning the sinfulness of the wicked:

v.1b-4 They are fearless of God, their pride covers their sin, they speak, act & plan wrong


There is no fear of God
     before their eyes.

v.2  In their own eyes they flatter themselves
     too much to detect or hate their sin.
v.3  The words of their mouths are wicked and deceitful;
     they fail to act wisely or do good.
v.4  Even on their beds they plot evil;
     they commit themselves to a sinful course
     and do not reject what is wrong.


Part 2: v.5-12: The Goodness of the Lord


v.5,6 David extols God's goodness


v.5  Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens,
     your faithfulness to the skies.
v.6  Your righteousness is like the highest mountains,
     your justice like the great deep.
     You, Lord , preserve both people and animals.

v.7,8 He testifies to how it is worked out for the good of His people


v.7  How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!
     People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
v.8  They feast on the abundance of your house;
     you give them drink from your river of delights.

v.9,10 He brings life & light & love in all His right doing


v.9  For with you is the fountain of life;
     in your light we see light.

v.10  Continue your love to those who know you,
     your righteousness to the upright in heart.

v.11,12 He declares his security on the basis of what has happened


v.11   May the foot of the proud not come against me,
     nor the hand of the wicked drive me away.
v.12  See how the evildoers lie fallen—
     thrown down, not able to rise!



[Additional 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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