When I read the Psalms I often imagine myself to be the writer. I see myself as the ‘good guy’ calling out to God for help as I valiantly fight against the wicked. But as I read Psalm 36, I slowly realised that I may be the wicked person. If I look honestly at the description of the wicked man in this Psalm I have to admit that I am not the good person and I need help.
In verse 4 the Psalmist writes:-
“He deviseth mischief upon his bed; he setteth himself in a way that is not good; he abhorreth not evil.“
The word ‘abhor’shouted out to me. In other translations words such as ‘reject’ and ‘despise’ are used – the wicked man should reject and despise evil. The dictionary defines abhor as follows:-
“to regard with extreme repugnance or aversion; detest utterly; loathe; abominate.“
The question for the believer today is simple. Do you regard evil with repugnance? Do you loathe sin, your own sin? Do you utterly detest your own sin?
The problem will remain our worldly flesh, the way in which, even as believers we can get comfortable with sin in our lives. But today we are reminded to call evil what it is. We are called to see sin for what it is and to detest it, to be disgusted by the sin in our lives, to hate it so much that we will root it out of our dark hearts.
We are not alone
We are not alone in the fight. When we were born-again, the Holy Spirit filled us and He will be our help. Today, call on the Holy Spirit to convict you of sin, to go into all of those secret places, all of those dark rooms you have created in your mind and to switch on the light!
Jesus is the light. Let Jesus in to your heart, let Him see the dirty places, let him smell the stench and then let Him heal you. There is no battle that is too great and no temptation that you cannot resist. Roll the stone away! Let the Holy Spirit reveal the dirtiness and let the Healer heal.
Psalm 36 also reminds us of the nature of our Father in Heaven. He is merciful and faithful (verse 5). He is righteous and He preserves us (verse 6). His lovingkindness is excellent and he protects those who trust in Him. We will be satisfied in Him.
Despite what God knows about our wicked hearts He is still a loving Father who reminds us of His love for us. His call today, in this beautiful Psalm, is that we would follow the light of Jesus, root out sin, be disgusted by it and rely on Him completely to heal us, encourage us and strengthen us through the Holy Spirit who lives within us.
Bless you today in Jesus name.
For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.Psalm 36: 9