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.
Public Domain KJV text from Wordproject.org
Psalm 36, while contrasting the character of evildoers and the character of God, also depicts God as the fountain of life. Flowing from this eternal fountain is a river of delights, pleasures that quench a heart’s deepest thirst, that fulfill a soul’s quest for eternal security and meaning, that meet a mind’s craving for righteous justice.
What are these delights that vivify lives? Love, faithfulness, righteousness, justice, and protection.
God’s love is unfailing, extending beyond the limits of space and time, culminating in the Cross. It is the Love you have been seeking all your life, a love that will bind your wounds, turning scars into stars.
His faithfulness is so vast it reaches the skies. He will never abandon or betray you. Forever faithful, He will always have your back. . . and your heart.
God’s righteousness is higher than Mount Everest. God always does the right thing, even when you can’t understand. As J.B. Phillips said, “If God were small enough for me to figure out, He wouldn’t be big enough for me to worship.”
His justice is as deep as the ocean. No matter how you have been abused or mistreated, one day God will bring relief to the deepest corners of your fragile heart. Divine justice will prevail! God’s river of delights - love, faithfulness, righteousness, and justice - flows freely for all.
Chaplain (currently disabled), Eugene, Oregon (as of this writing)