Psalm 36:1-4 [NLT]
Sin whispers to the wicked, deep within their hearts.*
They have no fear of God at all.
2 In their blind conceit,
they cannot see how wicked they really are.
3 Everything they say is crooked and deceitful.
They refuse to act wisely or do good.
4 They lie awake at night, hatching sinful plots.
Their actions are never good.
They make no attempt to turn from evil.
My reflections in a prayer
When I read this psalm I instinctively think it’s talking about someone else.
We all know “them” people
But the Holy Spirit quickens my heart and reminds me of my “otherly” moments.
Forgive me my self righteousness, my selfishness, my misdirection, my blind conceit.
Forgive me when I justify my actions thinking well this isn’t that bad compared to someone else’s shortcoming.
Oh that I would be mindful to compare myself only to Jesus and in that comparison to humble myself. Father forgive my propensity to sinful, selfish acts and teach me to live out Luke 9:23 Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me.*
This day with the help of the Holy Spirit may I sin less, and love you more.
From Tim Keller’s book: “ Songs of Jesus”
AN ANATOMY OF SIN. Fearing God (verse 1) is not mere belief in him. It is to be so filled with joyful awe before the magnificence of God that we tremble at the privilege of knowing, serving, and pleasing him. Sin shrugs at God. Its essence is failing to believe not that he exists but that he matters. This attitude is deadly. Fear of God and self-understanding grow or diminish together. Indifference toward God is a form of self-conceit (verse 2) and self-deception (verse 2). To feel no need for God is to be out of touch with reality—such people have “ceased to be wise” (verse 3). What starts as mere overconfidence can grow into dishonesty and cruelty (verse 4). Sin is spiritual cancer.
Prayer: Lord, I confess the foolishness of my thought life. Even when I am able to avoid overt thoughts of resentment, fear, and lust, my mind still does not fix itself on the most worthy and beautiful things, and on you. Get glory in my eyes, Lord, and incline my heart to yourself. Amen.