Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the mountains of God;
your judgments are like the great deep;
man and beast you save, O Lord.
How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house,
and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light do we see light.
Oh, continue your steadfast love to those who know you,
and your righteousness to the upright of heart!
(Psalm 36:5-10 ESV)
I was sitting in the House of Prayer today reflecting on Psalm 36. In the first 4 verses, David is reflecting on the heart of the wicked, on man’s sinful state and total disregard for good. But rather than allowing himself to remain there, David chooses to shift His focus onto the attributes of God: His love, faithfulness, righteousness and justice. When our eyes are consumed by the sinful state of the world and those around us, and even towards our own sin, we must shift our focus onto the character of God. He is love. He is faithful to the end. His righteousness and justice will be shown to those who know and walk with Him. The Psalmist says that ALL men find refuge in the shadow of His wings, where He, in His unfailing love, gives us continual drink from His river of delight!