Pat Quinn / Aug 11, 2019 / Psalm 36
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In last Sunday’s sermon, Pat Quinn showed us a feast in God’s word. His text was Psalm 36, and in it we saw the way of the wicked, the glory of the King’s feast, and a prayer of the righteous.
1 The way of the wicked. In verses 1-4, David shows us what it’s like to live in the world. It is the voice of transgression speaking to the heart. It is a veil that blinds us to God’s glory and keeps the holy fear of God from before our eyes. It is vanity that makes us flatter ourselves that our iniquity won’t be found out. It is verbal violence as the words of our mouth are nothing but trouble and deceit. And it is vice, which we plot as we lay awake at night.
2 The glory of the King’s feast. In the next section, verses 5-9, David moves into contrasting the way of the wicked, but not by expounding on the way of the righteous; rather, he contrasts the way of the wicked by showing us the goodness of God. We read of a steadfast love and a faithfulness that are immeasurable, and a righteousness that is like the mountains of God: solid, immense, immovable, and majestic. We read of the mystery and perfection of God’s deep judgments, that even the animals are beneficiaries of His compassion. And then in verses 7-9, we come to the heart of the feast. Here David pours out his praise in some of the most God-exalting lines ever penned. God himself is our refuge and food and drink. With him is the fountain of life.
3 A Prayer of the Righteous. Here in the final verses of the psalm, David can go no higher. He can only pray that God would continue his steadfast love toward him and the upright of heart. He asks that the arrogant and the wicked would not drive him away from God’s presence.
Pat reminded us that because we see light and all things in and by the light of Christ, he is the true and only source of joy and life. Christ himself, the living water, is the river of God’s delights. Christ is our feast.