Wednesday 25 January, 2017

Psalm 36

1 I have a message from God in my heart concerning the sinfulness of the wicked:[b] 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. 5 Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. 6 Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep. You, Lord, preserve both people and animals. 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. 10 Continue your love to those who know you, your righteousness to the upright in heart. 11 May the foot of the proud not come against me, nor the hand of the wicked drive me away. 12 See how the evildoers lie fallen— thrown down, not able to rise!

What a tale of woe.  David defines those who have no faith in God so aptly, and while we may want to believe in the ‘goodness of mankind’ we do well to remember that at the heart of people without Christ there is both the fruit of good and evil.

Yet David doesn’t stay in the dark – he reflects on the light – on God Himself. David speaks of God in soaring terms – love reaching to the heavens; faithfulness to the skies; righteousness to the highest mountains, justice like the great deep.

We do well to always resolve a reflection on the depravity of humankind with a reflection on the magnificence of God and when we are caught with the injustice of people the very practical reflection on God is crucial so that we are not disheartened, destroyed and depressed!

Father, help me to focus on You and so see this world in Your light, not simply the light of the darkness of the world.

Written by Ps. Richard Botta

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