Reading the Word
Psalm 36:5–12 (ESV)
5 Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds. 6 Your righteousness is like the mountains of God; your judgments are like the great deep; man and beast you save, O Lord. 7 How precious is your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings. 8 They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights. 9 For with you is the fountain of life; in your light do we see light. 10 Oh, continue your steadfast love to those who know you, and your righteousness to the upright of heart! 11 Let not the foot of arrogance come upon me, nor the hand of the wicked drive me away. 12 There the evildoers lie fallen; they are thrust down, unable to rise.
Understanding and Applying the Word
This psalm begins by speaking of the evil that we find in this world (vv. 1-4). People who have no regard for doing what is right. Yet, in these verses, we read of the steadfast love of God. It extends to the heavens and includes both man and beast. While evil men may not concern themselves with doing right, God exercises love, faithfulness, righteousness, and judgment.
What a contrast between the wickedness of men and the steadfast love of God. His people take refuge in him and find life. As we live in a world of evil, let us look to God for our salvation and for our hope. He is steadfast and upright and we can trust in him!
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