Psalms 36

The Book of Psalms
Chapter 36

Chapter Overview:

The grievous state of the wicked, ver. 1 - 4.
The goodness of God, ver. 5 - 9.
David prays, in confidence of deliverance, ver. 10 - 12.
To the chief musician, a psalm of David, the servant of the Lord.
36:1No fear - When I consider the manifold transgressions of ungodly men, I conclude within myself, that they have cast off all fear of the Divine majesty.
36:2Flattereth - He deceiveth himself with vain persuasions, that God does not mind his sins, or will not punish them. Found - Punish, as the same phrase is used, Numbers 32:23 .
36:3Left off - Once he had some degrees of wisdom, but now he is become an open apostate.
36:4Deviseth - Freely, from his own inclination, when none are present to provoke him to it.
36:5Thy mercy - Mine enemies are cruel and perfidious, but thou art infinite in mercy, and faithfulness. Heavens - Is infinite and incomprehensible. Faithfulness - The truth both of thy threatenings against thine enemies, and of thy promises made to good men.The clouds - Is far above our reach, greater and higher than we can apprehend.
36:6Mountains - Stedfast and unmoveable: eminent and conspicuous to all men. Judgments - The executions of thy counsels.Deep - Unsearchable, as the ocean. Man - The worst of men; yea, the brute - beasts have experience of thy care and kindness.
36:7Loving - kindness - Though all thine attributes be excellent, yet, above all, thy mercy is most excellent, or precious and amiable.
36:8Satisfied - Who trust in thee, as he now said. Fatness - With those delightful provisions, which thou hast prepared for them in heaven.The river - Which denotes both their plenty, and their perpetuity.
36:9Life - It is in God as in a fountain, and from him is derived to us. But - Of that glorious and blessed, and endless life, which alone is worthy of the name. Light - In the light of thy glorious presence, which shall be fully manifested, when we see thee face to face. Light - Joy and comfort, and happiness: the word light is elegantly repeated in another signification; in the former clause it is light discovering, in this light, discovered or enjoyed.
36:11The foot - Of my proud and insolent enemies. Come - So as to overthrow me.
36:12There - He seems as it were to point at the place, as if it were already done.