The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes.
2 For he flattereth himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity be found to be hateful.
3 The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: he hath left off to be wise, and to do good.
4 He deviseth mischief upon his bed; he setteth himself in a way that is not good; he abhorreth not evil.
5 Thy mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds.
6 Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O Lord, thou preservest man and beast.
7 How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.
8 They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.
9 For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.
10 O continue thy lovingkindness unto them that know thee; and thy righteousness to the upright in heart.
11 Let not the foot of pride come against me, and let not the hand of the wicked remove me.
12 There are the workers of iniquity fallen: they are cast down, and shall not be able to rise.
In this passage, David sounds concerned. He describes the wicked almost as if he was immoral once himself. I believe that many of us struggle daily to stay uprooted in Christ and not waiver in our faith. My greatest fear is to find myself once again falling into the peer pressure of this society, prioritizing popularity and rejecting the truth.
I have experienced the wickedness that David describes in Psalm 36 and it is a terrifying place to be in. I remember finding myself crying because I could no longer hear that sweet voice of the Holy Spirit telling me right from wrong. Selfishness gained control over my life and it pulled me in deeper into the cruelty of this world. As I look back, it amazes me how much God protected me. Like David, I too thank God for His mercy, faithfulness and loving- kindness. David is a reminder that we are not alone.
There are many who are frightful of letting pride and wickedness drive them away from the Lord. One way to help with that is by seeking God daily and asking Him to dwell in your heart. God will always be there but He is just waiting for you to choose Him.
Spiritual Life and Development
Southwestern Adventist University