1677.) Psalm 36

Psalm 36 (New American Standard Bible)

The wicked man . . .

1Transgression speaks to the ungodly within his heart;
There is no fear of God before his eyes.
2For it flatters him in his own eyes
Concerning the discovery of his iniquity and the hatred of it.
3The words of his mouth are wickedness and deceit;
He has ceased to be wise and to do good.

His sins include what he does and what he does not do.

4He plans wickedness upon his bed;
He sets himself on a path that is not good;
He does not despise evil.

The good and righteous God . . .

5Your lovingkindness, O LORD, extends to the heavens,
Your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
6 Your righteousness is like the mountains of God;
Your judgments are like a great deep.
O LORD, You preserve man and beast.

Looking to the God of mercy for help against wicked men . . .

7 How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God!
And the children of men take refuge in the shadow of Your wings.

“The word precious establishes at once the change of scale from the immense (the heavens, the skies, the mountains, a great deep, in vs. 5-6) to the intimate and personal.”

–Derek Kidner

8They drink their fill of the abundance of Your house;
And You give them to drink of the river of Your delights.

from Whispers of His Power,
by Amy Carmichael

THE WORD STILL STANDS

Psalm 36:8 — They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of Thy house; and Thou shalt make them drink of the river of Thy pleasures.

The Septuagint has “They shall be fully satisfied,” and a footnote says that the Greek means “intoxicated.”  It is not difficult to be “abundantly satisfied” or even “intoxicated” with God’s goodness when all is going well.  But when things are, as we say, “impossibly hard,” what then?

Well, the Word still stands, and we must learn to live in the power of that word:  They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of Thy house. In other words, satisfied with Him, His will, His providence, His provision, His withholdings as well as His givings.  We must not build our satisfaction, our happiness, on any earthly thing; not on having what we want, or going where we want, or doing what we want.

The foundation of our happiness must be invisible, not visible.  It must not depend on circumstances of any sort whatever.  Let us gratefully take all that is given us of visible good things, for they are the gift of our most loving Father.  But do not let us build on these things.  No, never.

9For with You is the fountain of life;
In Your light we see light.

10O continue Your lovingkindness to those who know You,
And Your righteousness to the upright in heart.
11Let not the foot of pride come upon me,

Proverbs 21:4 (Contemporary English Version)

Evil people are proud

and arrogant,

but sin is the only crop

they produce.

And let not the hand of the wicked drive me away.
12There the doers of iniquity have fallen;
They have been thrust down and cannot rise.

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Music:

HERE  is Third Day and “Your Love, O Lord” — from verses 5-7.

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New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation

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rainbow and 36:9.   https://dwellingintheword.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/36-rainbow-and-v91.jpg
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