“Sin whispers to the wicked, deep within their hearts. They have no fear of God at all. In their blind conceit, they cannot see how wicked they really are. Everything they say is crooked and deceitful. They refuse to act wisely or do good. They lie awake at night, hatching sinful plots. Their actions are never good. They make no attempt to turn from evil.” Psalm 36: 1-4 (NLT).
Grace read the opening verses of Psalm 36 over and over again. For the first time since talking to Sade, she’d finally come across a psalm that captured her feelings.
Doesn’t God see what is happening? She wondered. How could He let it all go on like this? Why doesn’t He put a stop to the madness? Grace couldn’t see how the world would survive if something didn’t change soon. Everywhere she turned, sickness, fire, destruction, fear, anger and hatred appeared to loom larger than life. The stories of compassion and kindness she did come across seemed too few and too far between.
King David wrote this psalm, Grace read in the intro. He’d faced some tough life situations, but somehow never lost faith in God. “What kept him going?” she wondered aloud.
As Grace skimmed through the next few verses, her eyes widened in surprise to see that David abruptly changed topics in verse 5.
“Your unfailing love, O Lord, is as vast as the heavens; your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds. Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the ocean depths. You care for people and animals alike; how precious is your unfailing love! All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings.” vv 5-7.
Grace scratched her head. “Did I miss something?”
Reaching for her Bible companion study guide, Grace flipped through to the section on Psalm 36 and smiled.
“I have spent enough time worrying about how bad everyone and everything seems to be, haven’t I, Lord? I need to focus more on who You are and how You remain the same regardless of what is happening all around me.”
Grace read the rest of Psalm 36 with a new resolution to seek out study materials on God’s nature. Even so, she still had a lot of emotions to process. She’d start by writing a Psalm of her own.