Psalm 36 begins with a contrast between a just and righteous God and the wicked man. We learn about sin here, and the heart of a sinner. “Transgression speaks to the wicked deep in his heart; there is no fear of God before his eyes”. The root of the problem for a sinner is that there is no fear of God. Wickedness begins in the heart, but without some checkpoint of fear, it manifests itself outwardly and sin takes over. Man convinces himself that God can’t or won’t take action against his choice to sin, and sin is exactly that, an intentional choice to disobey the God of the Universe.
David goes on to tell us a sinner “flatters himself in his own eyes that his iniquity cannot be found out and hated”. Things do not go unnoticed. God sees all. God knows all. You won’t fool Him. Poole says there are a few ways we might deceive ourselves into believing that sin isn’t sin:
- That sins “are not sins, which a mind bribed by passion and interest can easily believe.”
- That sins “are but small and venial sins.”
- That sins “will be excused, if not justified by honest intentions, or by outward professions and exercise of religion, or by some good actions, wherewith he thinks to make some compensation for them or some other way.”
But the reality is that sin is sin and God will know. There is a price to pay for sin, and it is severe.
Bottom line is that sin isn’t an accident. It doesn’t happen to us. We choose to do it intentionally. “He has ceased to act wisely and do good. He plots trouble while on his bed; he sets himself in a way that is not good; he does not reject evil”. You can’t blame the cat, or your parents, or anything else when it comes to sin. It is yours to own, and yours to change. Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sin. That’s what scripture says. That’s why Jesus came to earth and went to the Cross. God has made a provision for your sin, but you have to act and make it your own.
David is clear that God loves us in spite of our sin. “Your righteousness is like the mountains….your judgments are like the great deep….How precious is your steadfast love, O God”! It isn’t a question of whether God wants us to be set free. But we have to run to Him. “For with you is the fountain of life”. We have to see our sin and decide to make a change. Our problem is that we allow pride to keep us from that simple act of repentance. “Let not the foot of arrogance come upon me”. Unfortunately, our own stupid pride can prevent us from receiving the only gift that can set us free from the eternal consequence of sin – separation from God. Don’t let that happen. Run to Him and His love. Move from your sin to His righteousness. Experience His steadfast love like David describes!