An Existential Psalm

One of my favorite commentaries on the Psalms divides them into Psalms of Orientation, Disorientation, and New Orientation (as I write this I think I would preach them as Renewed Orientation).  Psalm 36 is a Psalm of Orientation.  The world makes sense to me today, God’s laws are the best way to live, those rejecting them are struggling, those following them are doing well.

The cynic in me like other Psalms more.  But, the range of the Psalms, especially as Answers to God, are wonderful and I am happy to rely on the ones that I cannot create nearly as easily.

We also continue to see the authenticity of the author, with the plea for God’s Glory to evidence itself.  🙂

Transgression speaks to the wicked
deep in his heart;
there is no fear of God
before his eyes.
For he flatters himself in his own eyes
that his iniquity cannot be found out and hated.
The words of his mouth are trouble and deceit;
he has ceased to act wisely and do good.
He plots trouble while on his bed;
he sets himself in a way that is not good;
he does not reject evil.
Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the mountains of God;
your judgments are like the great deep;
man and beast you save, O LORD.
How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house,
and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light do we see light.
Oh, continue your steadfast love to those who know you,
and your righteousness to the upright of heart!
Let not the foot of arrogance come upon me,
nor the hand of the wicked drive me away.
There the evildoers lie fallen;
they are thrust down, unable to rise.
Psalm 36

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