“Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your judgments are like the great deep;
you save humans and animals alike, O Lord.” (Psalm 36:5-6)
Many of the psalms passage were first designed as being songs or song-like refrains used for prayer and worship. It is no wonder that modern day Christians have turned psalms passage into songs. When ever I read this lines from Psalm 36 I think of the song by Third Day entitled “Your love, Oh Lord”. If you have an internet connection, I would encourage you to listen to the song if you are not already familiar with it.
“How precious is your steadfast love, O God! All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.” (Verses 7-9)
Who would not want to sing praises to a God such as this! But there have been many people, throughout all the ages, who have not been moved to bring praise and worship to such a God. And many people who have not remained faithful to such a God. Or have not followed faithfully and completely such a God. What I am trying to say very gently, beloved reader, is that we have not consistently and unswerving followed such a God. This lectionary year the focus is recommitment and renewal of our faith. And during the season of Lent is when this need seems most poignant. Thankfully one of the wondrous things about this God is that the Divine forgives us without end and has made preparation for our redemption even before we needed it.
“O continue your steadfast love to those who know you, and your salvation to the upright of heart!” (Verse 10)
As to this last verse, since we are looking inward, I would, again gently, put forth one idea as to how to understand this verse.
“Do not let the foot of the arrogant tread on me, or the hand of the wicked drive me away.” (Verse 11)
Do not let us mess up ourselves, so much Oh Lord, that we cannot find our way back to You! Selah!