Tehillim / Psalms 36, Part 1, Seeking God with Faith and Confidence


This week’s study is from Tehillim / Psalms 36:1-12, can be divided into two major sections, part one describes the wicked and part 2 describes the character of God and the righteous who seek the Lord.  The opening verses state:

  • א  לַמְנַצֵּחַ לְעֶבֶד-יְהֹוָה לְדָוִד: ב  נְאֻם-פֶּשַׁע לָרָשָׁע בְּקֶרֶב לִבִּי אֵין-פַּחַד אֱלֹהִים לְנֶגֶד עֵינָיו  For the choir director. A Psalm of David the servant of the Lord. 36:1 Transgression speaks to the ungodly within his heart; There is no fear of God before his eyes. (NASB)

According to David, transgression (פֶּשַׁע) speaks to the heart of the ungodly that results in the ungodly not having the fear of God.  Transgression continues to speak saying:

  • ג  כִּי-הֶחֱלִיק אֵלָיו בְּעֵינָיו לִמְצֹא עֲוֹנוֹ לִשְֹנֹא: ד  דִּבְרֵי-פִיו אָוֶן וּמִרְמָה חָדַל לְהַשְֹכִּיל לְהֵיטִיב:   36:2 For it flatters him in his own eyes Concerning the discovery of his iniquity and the hatred of it. 36:3 The words of his mouth are wickedness and deceit; He has ceased to be wise and to do good. (NASB)

Notice how the ungodly, when their sin is found out, he does not find shame but is flattered.  His response is more ungodliness and deceit.  David says this kind of person

  • ה  יהויין היך מוזא קדם זעפא ומלאכא דיהוה דחי׃ 36:4 He plans wickedness upon his bed; He sets himself on a path that is not good; He does not despise evil. (NASB)

The wicked have sin constantly upon their minds to do evil and not good.  Having described the ungodly, David says:

  • ו  יְהֹוָה בְּהַשָּׁמַיִם חַסְדֶּךָ אֱמוּנָתְךָ עַד-שְׁחָקִים: ז   צִדְקָתְךָ | כְּהַרְרֵי-אֵל מִשְׁפָּטֶךָ תְּהוֹם רַבָּה אָדָם וּבְהֵמָה תּוֹשִׁיעַ יְהֹוָה:   36:5 Your lovingkindness, O Lord, extends to the heavens, Your faithfulness reaches to the skies. 36:6 Your righteousness is like the mountains of God; Your judgments are like a great deep. O Lord, You preserve man and beast. (NASB)

Read More Here: Tehillim 36-Part1

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