John Wesley’s mother once wrote to him when he was in college, “If you are tempted to be judge of the lawfulness or the unlawfulness of a pleasure, use this rule: Whatever weakens your reason, impairs the tenderness of your conscience, obscures your sense of God, or t … More
Instead of making a contrast between the wicked man and the godly man, the psalmist makes a contrast between the wicked man and God. The wicked man is characterized in the first four verses; the character of God is portrayed in the next seven.
David has a half dozen things to say about the wicked man. He starts right off by making it clear that the person being described belongs to that class of fools who say in their hearts there is no God (v.1). He gives the same place to rebellion that the believer gives to the Word of God. The wicked has persuaded himself that God will not interfere with what he wants to do (v. 2). Irreverent and self-deceived, he has no qualms against doing evil. He has become so calloused that he has no fear at all for evil and even rejoices in it. To lose the fear of God opens the door to every kind of sin imaginable.
The person who opens his heart to deception and rejects the moral standards of the Word of God will see nothing wrong with lying (v. 3a). This is certainly true in our society today. There was a time when men acted in a way which showed they were aware God was watching, but no more (v. 3b).
The wicked man lies awake at night devising wicked schemes against others (v. 4). He deliberately plans to accomplish his own desires. He is not suddenly overtaken in a temptation but plans out the evil deeds he is going to do. In stark contrast to the wicked the Lord is merciful, faithful, righteous and loving.
It is very easy to become calloused to the principles of God’s Word and actually come to the place we don’t care what God knows or what He says. I must have safe guards in my life against any wickedness that may creep into my life.
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Psalms 33:1-11The Sovereignty of The LORD in Creation
Psalms 33:12-22God is Still on The Throne
Psalms 34:1-7David Determines to Serve The Lord No Matter What Happens
Psalms 34:8-14Respect The Lord And Do Good Instead of Evil
Psalms 34:15-22The Lord is Close to The Broken Hearted
Psalms 35:1-10A Prayer For Protection From Enemies
Psalms 35:11-21David Pleads For Deliverence From Those Who Hated Him
Psalms 35:22-28Prayer That The Wicked Won’t Triumph
Psalms 36:1-4Human Sin And God’s Goodness
Psalms 36:5-12David’s Prayers. Intercessions And Triumphs
Psalms 37:1-8David Called For Trust Despite Evil Men
Psalms 37:9-17The Wicked Will be Justly Punished
Psalms 37:18-29The Lord Loves And Blesses The Just
Psalms 37:30-40The Conflict of Good And Evil
Psalms 38:1-14The Lord’s Discipline
Psalms 38:15-22A Prayer in Times of Trouble
Psalms 39:1-13Confidence in Life’s Only Hope