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Your Steadfast Love, O LORD

May 14, 2013

The 36th Psalm is a beautiful psalm. It addresses the wicked, and those who know God. It highlights the self-destruction of the wicked and the steadfast love of God. Before going further, take a moment and read it to yourself.

The first four verses address the behavior of the wicked. It is a spiral into self-destruction. It starts with self-flattery, or arrogance (v.2.) This flattery and deceit lead to the departure from acting wisely (v.3.) This departure from prudent action has led the wicked to focus on planning trouble and no longer do the wicked reject evil (v.4.)

Yet David continued the Psalm by contrasting this wickedness with the steadfast love of God. David describes this love as reaching from the heights of the heavens to the deepest of the seas. This love is as steady as a mountain and is accompanied by fair and just judgments. This love is a place for God’s children to take for security. David describes God as having the fountain of life.

Two main things here: the first is the path into self-destruction is not a leap. This path is more like a staircase – and you descend one step at a time. Think about a sin you may have tangled with. Was it a momentary lapse or, in retrospect, was it a path which was paved with little, seemingly innocent steps?

The second thing is this: this passage only shows two camps – the wicked and those under God’s protection. Which one are you in? Being a child of God does not make you immune to making decisions like the wicked from time to time. We call that sin. But your lifestyle is no longer founded on that thought process. It is now grounded in the steadfast love of God.

So, today, which camp will you pitch your tent in? Choosing to stay in the ways of the wicked has consequences. “The evildoers lie fallen; they are thrust down, unable to rise.” (Ps. 36:12, ESV) Whereas, setting your roots with God means being under His proactive wings, allowing you to live in His unconditional and steadfast love.

Take a few moments and enjoy listening, and reflecting, to the Third Day song, “Your Love Oh Lord.”

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