Daily Bible Reading “How Excellent is Thy Loving-kindness, O God!” (Psalm 36:1-12)

  psalm 36 5How Excellent is Thy Loving-kindness, O God!

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Psalm 36:1-12. Psalm 36 is a Psalm of David to the Chief Musician, which means it was probably used as a song of worship.

David talks about the wicked who have an evil nature in their heart. Wicked people have no fear, or reverence, of God. They speak evil and tell lies. They are not wise nor do they do good. They are blinded to their own sinful nature. Even when the wicked lie in their beds they devise evil. What a graphic description of the sinful man!

It almost seems like David is comparing the evil man to God. Because after describing all the evil attributes of the wicked man, David talks about all the good attributes of God. God’s righteousness is like the mighty mountain. God’s faithfulness reaches to the clouds. We can depend on Him to always be there for us.

God preserves and protects both man and beast. His loving-kindness toward us is immeasurable. We can trust Him and rest under the shadow of His wings. God is the fountain of life. From Him flow rivers of living water. Drink from His well so your soul will never thirst.

David asks God not to let the foot of pride come against him. This may be a prayer that we need to say, as well. We need to pray asking the LORD to remove our pride.
David asks God to protect him from the hand of the wicked, and he declares that the “workers of iniquity” will be defeated.


Daily Bible Reading:

Psalm 36:1-12

1 [[To the Chief Musician, [A Psalm] of David the servant of the LORD.]] The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes.
2 For he flattereth himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity be found to be hateful.
3 The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: he hath left off to be wise, and to do good.
4 He deviseth mischief upon his bed; he setteth himself in a way that is not good; he abhorreth not evil.
5 Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds.
6 Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O LORD, thou preservest man and beast.
7 How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.
8 They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.
9 For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.
10 O continue thy lovingkindness unto them that know thee; and thy righteousness to the upright in heart.
11 Let not the foot of pride come against me, and let not the hand of the wicked remove me.
12 There are the workers of iniquity fallen: they are cast down, and shall not be able to rise.


Things to think about:

  • What does David say about the wicked?
  • What does David say about God?
  • How do the attributes of the wicked compare with the attributes of God?


Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

We thank You for this Psalm of David, where he seems to compare the evil man to You. There is no comparison; these descriptions are at opposite ends of the spectrum. You are holy, righteous, loving, and merciful, but, the wicked are evil, liars, and cheaters. LORD, we thank You for Your loving-kindness toward us. Help us to love, worship and praise You for all You are and all You do for us. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

Excerpt from The Book of Psalms: Part 2 Chapters 31-60


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