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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Psalm Chapter 36

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: David, Asaph, Solomon, Heman, Ethan, Moses, and the Sons of Korah
Date Penned: (1440-586 BC)
Overview: Poetry for the Expression of Praise and Worship to God (c 1-150)
Theme: The First Book of Psalms (c 1-41)
Message: God's Faithfulness Contrasted with Sinful Hearts (v 1-12)

Psalms 36 Commentary

(36:1) A Disrespect to God - Because the wicked have no fear of God, nothing restrains them from sinning. They plunge ahead as if nothing will happen to them. But God is just and is only delaying their punishment. This knowledge should hold us back from sinning. Let the fear of God do its work in you to keep you from sin. In your gratitude for God's love and mercy, don't ignore his justice. 

(36:5-8) God's Mercy - In contrast to evil people and their wicked plots that end in failure, God will triumph. He is faithful, righteous, and kind. His mercy reaches to the heavens; his faithfulness reaches to the clouds; his righteousness is as solid as the mountains; his judgments are as full of wisdom as the oceans are with water. We need not fear evil people, because we know that God loves us, judges evil, and will care for us throughout eternity. 

(36:6-7) David Praises God. David praises God for his tender care of all living creatures. Although humans are made uniquely in God's image and hold a special leadership role in creation, it is clear God has a deep affection for animals, which are part of his marvelous creation. From the very beginning, God showed his love for animals. He even told Adam to give names to all of them (Genesis 2:18-20). After he was born, Jesus was placed in a manger, which is a feeding trough for animals (Luke 2:7). While we don't elevate animals to the same status as human beings, God's created order calls us to care for them and never abuse them. 

(36:9) The Fountain of Life - This vivid image- fountain of life"-gives us a sense of fresh, cleansing water giving life to the spiritually thirsty. This same picture is used in Jeremiah 2:13, where God is called the "fountain of living waters." Jesus spoke of himself as living water that could quench thirst forever and give eternal life (John 4:14). When we repent of our sins and ask Jesus to forgive us by faith, we receive this never-ending supply of life-giving water through the presence of the Holy Spirit (John 7:37-39).

Dave Burnette's Life Application

A Gift of Love

Each day, we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter, making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today, we continue in the Book of Psalms with Chapter 36. In our text today, we see a theme of God's faithfulness, love, and justice extended to sinners. In making an application, we see that God still loves us no matter what we have done. His love is not conditional on me or my sin; forgiveness is extended to us. Jesus died for us while we were yet sinners. His forgiveness is extended to you if - by repentance and faith - you would receive this great gift. The gift of true love is not conditional on my past or the horrible sins I may have committed. It is simply a gift of love that you can freely receive. How about you? Do you understand that God loves you? Just as you are? Have you received this Gift of Love? Let us learn from our Psalm and text today to remember that God Loves you just as you are and has extended this awesome gift of Love to you.


Psalm 36

Psalm 36

 1The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes.

 2For he flattereth himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity be found to be hateful.

 3The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: he hath left off to be wise, and to do good.

 4He deviseth mischief upon his bed; he setteth himself in a way that is not good; he abhorreth not evil.

 5Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds.

 6Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O LORD, thou preservest man and beast.

 7How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.

 8They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.

 9For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.

 10O continue thy lovingkindness unto them that know thee; and thy righteousness to the upright in heart.

 11Let not the foot of pride come against me, and let not the hand of the wicked remove me.

 12There are the workers of iniquity fallen: they are cast down, and shall not be able to rise.