Résumé

Psalm 36(NIV)

I have a message from God in my heart
concerning the sinfulness of the wicked:
There is no fear of God
before their eyes.

In their own eyes they flatter themselves
too much to detect or hate their sin.
The words of their mouths are wicked and deceitful;
they fail to act wisely or do good.
Even on their beds they plot evil;
they commit themselves to a sinful course
and do not reject what is wrong.

Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the skies.
Your righteousness is like the highest mountains,
your justice like the great deep.
You, Lord, preserve both people and animals.
How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!
People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house;
you give them drink from your river of delights.
For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light we see light.

10 Continue your love to those who know you,
your righteousness to the upright in heart.
11 May the foot of the proud not come against me,
nor the hand of the wicked drive me away.
12 See how the evildoers lie fallen—
thrown down, not able to rise!

The message that David received from God concerning the sinfulness of the wicked is like a résumé
or profile of many people on this earth, including me.  Sure, my words of my mouth may not be wicked and may not always reject what is wrong, but I see that at times, my heart can become hard and I do not have the fear of God before my eyes.  In my pride, I think that I can solve my own problems and I flatter myself too much to detect or hate my sin.  I committed myself to a sinful course and did not reject what is wrong.

I’m glad that the second part of this passage reveals God’s faithfulness and how his righteousness is like the highest mountains.  God’s unfailing love is priceless and He will give an opportunity for me to take refuge in the shadow of His wings once I turn back to Him and no longer rely on my own understanding and on my own strength.  As much as we like to write out all of our accomplishments and strengths on our resume, it doesn’t quite speak about our spiritual background.  If we are to write about our spiritual resume, it would look really negative and gloomy.  The blood of Christ cleans up our resume and makes us look perfect in God’s eyes.

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