Psalm 36

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

1 An oracle within my heart concerning the transgression of the wicked: There is no fear of God before his eyes.

2 For he flatters himself in his own eyes, when he finds out his iniquity and when he hates.

3 The words of his mouth are wickedness and deceit; He has ceased to be wise and to do good.

4 He devises wickedness on his bed; He sets himself in a way that is not good; He does not abhor evil.

5 Your mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.

6 Your righteousness is like the great mountains; Your judgments are a great deep; O LORD, You preserve man and beast.

7 How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings.

8 They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house, and You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures.

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

10 Oh, continue Your lovingkindness to those who know You, and Your righteousness to the upright in heart.

11 Let not the foot of pride come against me, and let not the hand of the wicked drive me away.

12 There the workers of iniquity have fallen; they have been cast down and are not able to rise.

 

When life seems to ambush you, you can’t help but wonder, “Did I bring this on myself? Am I being punished?  Is this because I didn’t put enough in the offering?”  Your mind races to any number of things, and Satan who is the accuser of the brethren, is right there ready and eager to help.  As silly as it may be the question still remains am I being punished for my sins?  Well, yes and no.  We regrettably live in a world scarred by sin, and nobody ever that had a human father can claim innocence.  We all deserve a measure of judgment and there is plenty of it ricocheting around the planet, but this is what we learn from David’s oracle on the wicked.  There is no fear of God.  So if you are worried that God has singled you out for punishment, then guess what, you fear God.  When Satan points out anything and everything you did wrong, do you feel shame for what you did, or pride for how clever you were?  Do you even try to do the right thing or do you spend your evenings planning how you can achieve even greater heights of lowness?  If any of that describes you, then you probably wouldn’t even be reading this.

 

Hebrews tells us that as children of God, we will be chastised out of love.  It is a necessary process for our maturity.  It hurt’s but it brings about our betterment.  Accept it in humility and take comfort in the limitless nature of God’s mercy and lovingkindness.  Remember, the discipline of the Lord is there to teach us, not to hurt us.  Focus on the learning the lesson and trust God.

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