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1 (To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David the servant of the LORD.) The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes.

2 For he flattereth himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity be found to be hateful.

3 The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: he hath left off to be wise, and to do good.

4 He deviseth mischief upon his bed; he setteth himself in a way that is not good; he abhorreth not evil.

5 Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds.

6 Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O LORD, thou preservest man and beast.

7 How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.

8 They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.

9 For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.

10 O continue thy lovingkindness unto them that know thee; and thy righteousness to the upright in heart.

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

12 There are the workers of iniquity fallen: they are cast down, and shall not be able to rise.

Commentary for Psalms 36

The bad state of the wicked. (1-4) The goodness of God. (5-12)

1-4 From this psalm our hearts should be duly affected with hatred of sin, and seek satisfaction in God's loving-kindness. Here is the root of bitterness, from which all the wickedness of wicked men comes. It takes rise from contempt of God, and the want of due regard to him. Also from the deceit they put upon their own souls. Let us daily beg of God to preserve us from self-flattery. Sin is very hurtful to the sinner himself, and therefore ought to be hateful; but it is not so. It is no marvel, if those that deceive themselves, seek to deceive all mankind; to whom will they be true, who are false to their own souls? It is bad to do mischief, but worse to devise it, to do it with plot and management. If we willingly banish holy meditations in our solitary hours, Satan will soon occupy our minds with sinful imaginations. Hardened sinners stand to what they have done, as though they could justify it before God himself.

5-12 Men may shut up their compassion, yet, with God we shall find mercy. This is great comfort to all believers, plainly to be seen, and not to be taken away. God does all wisely and well; but what he does we know not now, it is time enough to know hereafter. God's loving-kindness is precious to the saints. They put themselves under his protection, and then are safe and easy. Gracious souls, though still desiring more of God, never desire more than God. The gifts of Providence so far satisfy them, that they are content with such things as they have. The benefit of holy ordinances is sweet to a sanctified soul, and strengthening to the spiritual and Divine life. But full satisfaction is reserved for the future state. Their joys shall be constant. God not only works in them a gracious desire for these pleasures, but by his Spirit fills their souls with joy and peace in believing. He quickens whom he will; and whoever will, may come, and take from him of the waters of life freely. May we know, and love, and uprightly serve the Lord; then no proud enemy, on earth or from hell, shall separate us from his love. Faith calleth things that are not, as though they were. It carries us forward to the end of time; it shows us the Lord, on his throne of judgment; the empire of sin fallen to rise no more.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 36

  • Borney
    This Psalm took me into the heart of Jesus on the cross wherein I felt forsaken by lover and friend and could only pray, Father into thy hands I commend my spirit. For if those who reject me without cause and those who would only destroy me by thier love and loyalty to others while casually using me both never come to a knowledge of saving faith I am a man alone and God says, it is not good.
  • Denise
    As a good earthly father protects and provides for his children our God serves as a greater source of provision and shield. The wicked may plot to destroy God's children yet God will prevent the wicked from harming us. Trusting in God is wise. Only a fool looks to the work of his own hands. Father God, we thank you and we love you. Teach us to worship and give praise to your Holy Name.
  • Nomagugu Mukadah
    I think rightly so this scripture tells us about God's divine protection in our lives. I also think even when it seems like we have not been protected - bad things have happened to believers I think we have also the assurance that everything finds meaning with God and moment of brokenness is lost in Him. When we go to Him we have the peace that we have a place of refuge
  • Michael C.
    The most natural place for a little chicken, when it feels scared is under the safety of its mother's wing. We know that some animals are absolutely ferocious and terrible defenders and protectors, if there's even a hint of a possibility of threat to their little ones. In that regard, there is not much difference between a chicken and a bear. The Lord put that in them! He that is the Author of life, and the creator of the spirits of all living, must certainly have those qualities in Himself, in their divine perfection and especially for us, whom He so loves!
  • Tammy H.
    I think Psalms 36:7, is saying at all times if you just trust in the Lord you be okay in this world. As long as you keep the faith, the Lord will protect you.
  • MockingBird
    Surely the Lovingkindness of our Lord is truly magnificient !! That is saying lightly : for His lovingkindness cannot be rightly spoken of in His True nature : Because of that , we , the children of men put our Trust under the shadow of His wing: OH !!! How Great is our God !!!

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