Psalm 36

I have a message from God in my heart
    concerning the sinfulness of the wicked:
There is no fear of God
    before their eyes.

In their own eyes they flatter themselves
    too much to detect or hate their sin.
The words of their mouths are wicked and deceitful;
    they fail to act wisely or do good.
Even on their beds they plot evil;
    they commit themselves to a sinful course
    and do not reject what is wrong.

Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens,
    your faithfulness to the skies.
Your righteousness is like the highest mountains,
    your justice like the great deep.
    You, Lord, preserve both people and animals.
How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!     
People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house;     
you give them drink from your river of delights.
For with you is the fountain of life;
    in your light we see light.

10 Continue your love to those who know you,
    your righteousness to the upright in heart.
11 May the foot of the proud not come against me,
    nor the hand of the wicked drive me away.
12 See how the evildoers lie fallen—
    thrown down, not able to rise!

In their own eyes they flatter themselves too much to detect or hate their sin… We live in a world where the message is very much, ‘Do what seems right to you’.  There is no sense of the deep mourning over our sinfulness that Jesus speaks about in Matthew 5 (vv 4 & 6).  I’m not sure, if I look at my own life, that I am sorry enough about my own sinfulness.  Do I mourn it?  Is my own heart grieved by it? Or do I just skate over the surface of it, refusing to look too closely in case I have to make a change?  Because if I did look, I’d see how much my selfishness, my thoughtlessness, my disobedience breaks God’s heart.  We have become anaesthetised to our own sin.

 

Yet God doesn’t reject us.  He continues to love us, to display his faithfulness to us, to preserve our life. He offers us shelter under his wings and spreads out an abundance of good things before us.  How gracious is our God!

 

Questions for thought and discussion

Where have you become anaesthetised to your own sin?

How can we help the young people we walk alongside to have a healthy attitude to mourning their own sin?

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