Tuesday, August 6, 2013

My paraphrase of Psalm 36

Psalm 36
Those who rebel against God are rotten to the core. 
They have no regard for God and they are so proud that they see no reason to give up their sin.
Their speech betrays their inner condition – their very words are tainted with evil and deceit.
They couldn’t care less about doing what is wise and good.
Even before they get up, they are plotting to do wrong, because they are committed to a habitual sinful lifestyle.
They are determined not to reject evil.
(In stark contrast) O Lord, your gracious mercy is beyond comprehension – it is as infinite as the universe!
Your loyal faithfulness is limitless!
Your justice is as firm and reliable like the highest immovable mountains!
Your righteous judgments are as fathomless as a bottomless ocean!
(And as a just judge who always does what is right) you preserve humanity and all in the animal kingdom.
Your loyal love is exquisitely precious, O Lord! 
You preserve and protect us all like fragile chicks are sheltered safely under the wings of their parent.
We eat our fill at your banquet table and our thirst is quenched by the waters from the rivers of your delights. 
You are a fountain of life and in your light the blinders are removed from our eyes so that we can see clearly.
Continue to shower your love on those who recognize your royal authority and who obey your will.
Vindicate those whose motives are pure.
Do not allow those who rebel against you to gain the upper hand over us!
Do not allow those who have no regard for you drive us out to wander as fugitives.
By faith we can see the rebels lying flat on their faces before you!
They have been sent sprawling and they are not able to get up.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever.  Amen.

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