Today’s Reading: Psalms 36-39
Today’s Reflection: Psalms 36:1-4
1) Transgression speaks to the wicked deep in his heart; there is no fear of God before his eyes. 2) For he flatters himself in his own eyes that his iniquity cannot be found out and hated. 3) The words of his mouth are trouble and deceit; he has ceased to act wisely and do good. 4) He plots trouble while on his bed; he sets himself in a way that is not good; he does not reject evil.
Interesting that a psalm titled “How precious is your steadfast love” starts this way, with a scathing description of a sinner. His heart listens to the idea of transgressing the law, rather than rejecting evil. He believes his sin will not be seen or punished. He speaks evil, acts unwisely, does no good. Evil is in his thoughts even before he awakens in the morning. He sounds a lot like humanity before the flood.
Genesis 6:5 – The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
And we know how things turned out for them.
But why this description before launching into a description of God’s incredible faithfulness, love and mercy? Well perhaps its because this description of a sinner at some point describes each of us.
When we knowingly sin it is us that act as though our sins will not be seen or punished. It is us who speak evil, who accept transgression into our hearts rather than reject evil. It is us who act unwisely and do no good. And sometimes we even fail to pray before going to bed and when God awakes us in the morning, instead inviting and allowing evil thoughts to consume our minds before the day even begins.
For our sakes it is good that our God is so steadfast in His love, so patient with us, so forbearing, withholding judgment and giving us the chance to repent.
When we forget God, He never forgets us.
2 Timothy 2:13 – If we are faithless, he remains faithful— for he cannot deny himself.