Thy | The Institute for Creation Research

"O continue thy lovingkindness unto them that know thee; and thy righteousness to the upright in heart"(Psalm 36:10).

In Psalm 36, David, who in the title to the psalm is described as "the servant of the Lord," gives a vivid contrast between man, who is utterly wicked, and God who is completely righteous.

Unsaved man has "no fear of God before his eyes" (v.1); he is completely self­absorbed; "flattereth himself in his own eyes" (v.2); his mouth is filled with "iniquity and deceit" (v.3); he is not "wise" (v.3); he constantly "deviseth mischief" loving evil and not good (v.4).

By contrast David's deep understanding of the attributes of God, plus his personal experience of God's blessings, brought tremendous comfort and relief in the midst of the evil that surrounded him. In verses 5-10 he gives his complete attention to his Holy God rather than sinful man. The temptation, even in this day, is to become more overwhelmed by the evil about us, rather than finding refuge in the Lord who is within us.

David filled his mind with the following thoughts about God. He spoke of "thy mercy . . . thy faithfulness (v.5) . . . thy righteousness . . . thy judgments (v.6) . . . thy lovingkindness. . . thy wings (v.7) . . . thy lovingkindness . . . thy righteousness" (v.10).

Man's way leads to disaster. "They are cast down, and shall not be able to rise" (v.12). God's way "is the fountain of life" where believers "drink of the river of thy pleasures" (v.8).

How much better it is to meditate on the character of God through His revealed Word than be overtaken in our mind by the world, the flesh and the devil. NPS

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