July 18, 2016

Today you should read: Psalm 36

Psalm 36, a psalm of David, has two sections.

The Deception of Sin

Verses 1-4 remind us of how deceiving sin is and how easily we can be deceived by it.  I’m reminded of this on a regular basis – either in my own life or by witnessing the life of others.  It’s so easy to be tricked by the evil one or by my own selfish desires (James 1:13-16).

Look what David teaches us:

Sin whispers deep within our hearts – deception happens at our depths

Sin removes our fear (respect) for God

Sin prohibits us from seeing how wicked we really are

Sin changes our words

Sin alters our actions

Sin effects our thoughts

Sin adjusts our motives

The Unfailing Love of the Lord

David dramatically changes gears in verses 5-12.  He reflects on and writes about God’s gracious unfailing love to us.  He describes it in words only fitting for a song.

He tells us how BIG God’s love is (v.5-6)

He tells us how PROTECTING God’s love is (v.7)

He tells us how PROVIDING God’s love is (v.8)

He tells us how REVEALING God’s love is (v.9)

It’s hard to read this song and not think about the song we sing that contains it’s words. Close out your JumpStart time today by listening to it.

By: Tim Parsons

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

3 thoughts on “July 18, 2016”

  1. “Had you the hatred of all mankind, this honey would turn their gall into sweetness.” – Charles Spurgeon

    No matter how wicked man becomes, God is greater still, ruling over all for His own purposes. How can wicked man be received by such a sin-rejecting, sin-judging God? Only through the cross of Christ.

  2. There is a particular brand of evil being described in verses 1-4, one that goes far beyond simple deception. This is a description of an individual who has actively chosen sin..and loves it. It makes his description of God’s love even more relevant. I love the way David concludes the psalm… It’s like he’s asking himself which side of the fence he’d rather be on.

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