Psalm__36

Scripture

Psalm 36:1-4

1 I have a message from God in my heart concerning the sinfulness of the wicked: There is no fear of God before their eyes. 2  In their own eyes they flatter themselves too much to detect or hate their sin. 3 The words of their mouths are wicked and deceitful; they fail to act wisely or do good. 4 Even on their beds they plot evil; they commit themselves to a sinful course and do not reject what is wrong.

 

Observation-What does it say?

This is another Psalm from one of my favorite leaders, King David. In the beginning, he speaks about the wicked (those without God in their lives) and the last half of the Psalm, he gives praise for God’s love and faithfulness. Then in verses 10-12, he asks for God’s love to continue and that the proud would not come against him.

 

Understanding-What does it mean?

Unbelievers are blind and lost and need the Lord.

King David describes the sinfulness of the wicked as them having no fear of God. They flatter themselves (are so prideful) that they don’t detect or hate their own sin. Their words are wicked and deceitful. They commit themselves to a sinful course. Basically, their lives are so lost and dark, whereas the faithful are protected by the love and faithfulness of God. It is our job as faithful servants of the Lord to share His love and light with a lost and unbelieving world.

 

Life Application

We must continue our mission to the lost. Who are the people on your PII list?

For those who are new to DSC, PII stands for Pray, Invest, Invite. We keep a list of unbelievers who do not have a personal relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ and we pray for them, invest in their lives, and we invite them to church and/or a personal relationship with Jesus.

Dear Lord, I pray that you would continue to give us Your heart for lost sinners. Holy Spirit, help us to be bold to share our faith with those who need You. Help us to be strong and courageous, even in fear of failure or rejection. Please give us such a deep love for them that we would want them to be part of our family and may that love override any fear we may have to reach out. Amen. 
 
-Michelle Gaddi