“Ranking” – One Year Bible Reading (Psalms/Proverbs) – February 17

Psalm 36:1-12   A Lament Or Wisdom Psalm Or A Hymn by David

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Psalm 36:1-12  Ranking

Nobody seems to know if this is a Lament by David or a Hymn or a Wisdom Psalm.  Good for David.  He stumped the experts.  Here’s what I’ve been thinking.  Does anybody really know anything???  Seriously.  We have a presidential campaign going on right now and it seems to be an old fashioned ranking war.  One candidate just says everybody else is stupid.  Maybe he nailed it.

People wonder if I am a fundamentalist or an evangelical.  I just say I’m a Bible believing Christian.

The Apostle Paul said, “If any one imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know” (cf. 1 Cor. 8:2 RSV ESV).

We need to particularly need to beware of those who do not believe in God.  They just don’t have the same viewpoint as believers.  It only makes sense, right?  Paul said his viewpoint changed after he was saved.  “Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know [Him] [in this way] no longer” (2 Cor. 5:16).  Then he said, ” . . . If anyone is in Christ, [he is] a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come” (2 Cor. 5:17).   I would think if you don’t see things differently after you’re saved, there’s something wrong with you.  Wouldn’t you agree?  You should be seeing things through a biblical grid.

But look at the unbeliever here:

1) He doesn’t fear God and likes to transgress His commands (v. 1)

2)  His standard of righteousness is himself.  Of course, we know this as self-righteousness (v. 2)

3)  He has a potty mouth (v. 3)

4)  He has no sense of evil even when it stares him in the face  (v. 4)

In summary, this is a person that negotiates evil and negotiates with evil people.  It’s a person who is not afraid of God, His principles or His power.  He thinks so highly of himself that he thinks he can do anything.  He thinks others should worship him, basically.  Sounds a little like Antichrist, doesn’t it?

 

On the other hand,

1) God’s hesed, lovingkindness extends over the entire earth  (vv. 5, 7-8)

2)  God preserves everyone and everything in His own righteous way (v. 6)

3)  God gives fulness of life and truth  (vv. 8-9)

 

We should pray we are more like God than the evil, self-righteous person (vv. 10-11).  We should pray for protection from the evil, self-righteous person (v. 11).

Evil-doers will end up like the guy in the second part of Psalm 1.  “The wicked are not so, But they are like chaff which the wind drives away.  Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish. (Ps. 1:4-6).

The Bible is consistent.  Those who don’t put their faith in Christ end up in H-E double hockey sticks.  Those who want to be like Him and follow His ways will live forever with Him in Heaven.

Word.

Proverbs 10:1-2    Good Vs. Evil

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Coincidentally, or not, we just covered this subject in Psalm 36.  There is real evil out there.  I’m not sure most people understand this.  ISIS is, like, actually evil.  No kidding.  Deal with it.  Hitler was, too.  I’m still stunned by young people who tell me they want to go to Hell after they die because that’s where the party’s at.  Yeah, they end a sentence with a preposition.  But that will only be the beginning of Hell.  It won’t be good.

Have you seen the new Star Wars flick?  “A foolish son is a grief to his mother” (v. 1b).  Even a mother with too much plastic surgery and probably smokes a lot.

A child that is trying to please the Lord makes most parents proud (v. 1a).

I never understood stealing.  Maybe we can talk ourselves into it sometime.  Paul says we all covet (cf. Rom. 7:7).  The worst part of ourselves may fool the best part of ourselves that we aren’t coveting and stealing when we really are (cf. Jer. 17:9).   We should pray like David in Psalm 19: 14, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer.”

Note bene:  Taking paper clips from working is stealing.  And be careful when you do your taxes, too.

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