36 1 לַמְנַצֵּ֬חַ ׀ לְעֶֽבֶד ־ יְהוָ֬ה לְדָוִֽד ׃ 2 נְאֻֽם ־ פֶּ֣שַׁע לָ֭רָשָׁע בְּקֶ֣רֶב לִבִּ֑י אֵֽין ־ פַּ֥חַד אֱ֝לֹהִ֗ים לְנֶ֣גֶד עֵינָֽיו ׃ 3 כִּֽי ־ הֶחֱלִ֣יק אֵלָ֣יו בְּעֵינָ֑יו לִמְצֹ֖א עֲוֺנ֣וֹ לִשְׂנֹֽא ׃ 4 דִּבְרֵי ־ פִ֭יו אָ֣וֶן וּמִרְמָ֑ה חָדַ֖ל לְהַשְׂכִּ֣יל לְהֵיטִֽיב ׃ 5 אָ֤וֶן ׀ יַחְשֹׁ֗ב עַֽל ־ מִשְׁכָּ֫ב֥וֹ יִ֭תְיַצֵּב עַל ־ דֶּ֣רֶךְ לֹא ־ ט֑וֹב רָ֝֗ע לֹ֣א יִמְאָֽס ׃ 6 יְ֭הוָה בְּהַשָּׁמַ֣יִם חַסְדֶּ֑ךָ אֱ֝מֽוּנָתְךָ֗ עַד ־ שְׁחָקִֽים ׃ 7 צִדְקָֽתְךָ֨ 1 ׀ כְּֽהַרְרֵי ־ אֵ֗ל מִ֭שְׁפָּטֶךָ תְּה֣וֹם רַבָּ֑ה אָ֤דָֽם ־ וּבְהֵמָ֖ה תוֹשִׁ֣יעַ יְהוָֽה ׃ 8 מַה ־ יָּקָ֥ר חַסְדְּךָ֗ אֱלֹ֫הִ֥ים וּבְנֵ֥י אָדָ֑ם בְּצֵ֥ל כְּ֝נָפֶ֗יךָ יֶחֱסָיֽוּן ׃ 9 יִ֭רְוְיֻן מִדֶּ֣שֶׁן בֵּיתֶ֑ךָ וְנַ֖חַל עֲדָנֶ֣יךָ תַשְׁקֵֽם ׃ 10 כִּֽי ־ עִ֭מְּךָ מְק֣וֹר חַיִּ֑ים בְּ֝אוֹרְךָ֗ נִרְאֶה ־ אֽוֹר ׃ 11 מְשֹׁ֣ךְ חַ֭סְדְּךָ לְיֹדְעֶ֑יךָ וְ֝צִדְקָֽתְךָ֗ לְיִשְׁרֵי ־ לֵֽב ׃ 12 אַל ־ תְּ֭בוֹאֵנִי רֶ֣גֶל גַּאֲוָ֑ה וְיַד ־ רְ֝שָׁעִ֗ים אַל ־ תְּנִדֵֽנִי ׃ 13 שָׁ֣ם נָ֭פְלוּ פֹּ֣עֲלֵי אָ֑וֶן דֹּ֝ח֗וּ וְלֹא ־ יָ֥כְלוּ קֽוּם ׃
How Precious Is Your Steadfast Love 36 To the choirmaster. Of David, the x servant of the Lord . 1 Transgression speaks to the wicked deep in his heart; 1 y there is no fear of God before his eyes. 2 z For he flatters himself in his own eyes that his iniquity cannot be found out and hated. 3 The words of his mouth are a trouble and deceit; b he has ceased to act wisely and do good. 4 He c plots d trouble while on his bed; he sets himself in e a way that is not good; f he does not reject evil. 5 Your steadfast love, O Lord , extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds. 6 g Your righteousness is like the mountains of God; h your judgments are like the great deep; man and beast you i save, O Lord . 7 j How precious is your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge k in the shadow of your wings. 8 They feast on l the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from m the river of n your delights. 9 For with you is o the fountain of life; p in your light do we see light. 10 Oh, continue your steadfast love to those who q know you, and your righteousness to r the upright of heart! 11 Let not the foot of arrogance come upon me, nor the hand of the wicked drive me away. 12 There s the evildoers lie fallen; they are thrust down, t unable to rise.
How precious is your steadfast love, O God! Intro : Connection to Psalm 35, and then to Psalm 37 (theme of delighting in the LORD) Our sin stops us feeling our sin. Knowing God as he really is reveals our sin all the more, and knowing our sin all the more helps us grasp how beautiful and satisfying is the love of God. Delighting in God. The greatest of all loves. 1. Sin is darker and deeper than we want to admit (v1-4) v1-2 inner, in our heart and motives and self-deceit. Literally, 's ince he is smooth to himself (flatters himself) in his own eyes to find his iniquity (or when he finds out his iniquity) to hate (or, and when he hates).' Deliberate ambiguity to make us pause and reflect. v3 words, and actions v4 plans and agendas; the direction we set ourselves in cf Romans 1.18-32 or Ephesians 4.17-24. We need new hearts, not just forgiveness! FCF. v1-4 the deep, self-deceiving selfishness of sin. Thoughts, words, actions. Romans 3.18 , this is all of us not a particular subset of sinner. 2. The steadfast love of the LORD is greater and more delightful than we can understand (v5-9) v5 note the contrast from v4 to v5. Heavens, clouds. Completely full. v6 in parallel; these terms, righteousness and justice. Unfathomable, unending. v6 man and beast; his care for all creation (cf sparrows, lilies...) v7 precious. Shadow of your wings (cf Ruth/Boaz). v8 language of delight, abundance, satisfaction. Eden. cf Ezekiel 47. v9 Fountain/source of life. In your light we see light. We are in utter darkness without the light of God's revelation. In his steadfast love, God the Father not only forgives our sins but grants us new life in Christ, new minds and hearts - a whole new birth into Jesus' life by the Spirit (cf Ephesians 4.17-24). Person of Jesus. He is the steadfast love and faithfulness in human form. We take refuge literally in him (v7). He himself is the abundance, the river of life. He is the giver of living water. He himself is the fountain of life; the Father has given him life in himself. He himself is the light that comes into the world, the light which shines in the darkness. He satisfies and gives abundantly (the 12 baskets left over at the end of feeding the 5,000). He truly is the fountain of life; it is he who pours out the Spirit, the living water (cf John 7) whom he gives 'without measure'. FCF again. We doubt the abundance of his love. We bring a 'scarcity' mindset, which leads to blame, fear, defensiveness, and self-absorption. It stops us loving. 3. Keep us in your steadfast love! (v10-12) v10-11 The logical prayer: continue your steadfast love! And elsewhere; 'abide in his love'. God's promise-keeping love is such that he will never remove or turn off his steadfast love. Nothing can separate us from his love if we are in Jesus (Romans 8.37-39). v12 a view of the ultimate destiny of those who do not receive forgiveness and a new heart through Jesus Christ. God's glory. His unfathomable steadfast love, faithfulness - incarnated in Jesus. Work of Jesus . He is given over to the deeply deceptive transgression of sinful man. The foot of the arrogant came upon him, the hand of the wicked drove him away. He lay fallen, thrust down, unable to rise. Union with Jesus. I am in Christ, in the fountain of life. He is the living bread, the giver of living water. The light of the world. Every Spirit blessing is mine in him. Invitation . Come and be satisfied by a far greater delight! Confrontation . Turn from self-deception. Consolation . Know that his steadfast love will always be enough, never run out. Wrap up: Jesus invites us to step into the light, to come and be satisfied in him above all things, whatever this life may hold. He is the abundant fountain of life.