A meditation on the godlessness of the wicked and on the great goodness of God.
st. 1 = vv. 1-4
st. 2 = vv. 5-6a
st. 3 = vv. 6b-8
st. 4 = vv. 9-10
st. 5 =vv. 11-12
Psalm 36's reflections on the godless character of the wicked (st. 1) precede an especially rich observation of God's goodness: God's love, faithfulness, righteousness, and justice (st. 2) are manifest in God's preservation of all life, in his protection of all who take refuge in him, and in his bounteous provision for all their needs (st. 3). In rapid succession the psalm gives us three striking and fertile images: God's "river of delights" (v. 8), God's "fountain of life," and God's "light" by which "we see light" (v. 9; st. 4). The psalmist asks God to continue loving and providing for the faithful (st. 4) and closes with a prayer for deliverance from the wicked (st. 5). Psalm 36 provides no clue to its original occasion, but its theme and tone suggest a time of quiet meditation at the temple (see 48:9; 63:2) or during a wakeful hour of the night (see 42:8; 77:6). Bert Witvoet (PHH 4) paraphrased this psalm in 1981 for the Psalter Hymnal.
Beginning of worship; occasions of wisdom teaching contrasting God's goodness with the godlessness of the wicked; praise of the Lord for providing in creation and for leading in our lives (st. 2-4). The middle portion of this psalm (st. 3-4) is also tradition¬ally used in the Jewish morning prayer.
John Frederick Wolle (b. Bethlehem, PA, 1863; d. Bethlehem, 1933) was a descendant of the Moravian missionaries who founded Bethlehem in 1741. Wolle taught mathematics at the parochial school in that city. From 1881 to 1884 he was also the organist of Trinity Episcopal Church in Bethlehem. After goi…
Display Title: My Heart Speaks Out on Those Who SinFirst Line: My heart speaks out on those who sinTune Title: PALMARUMAuthor: Bert WitvoetMeter: LMScripture: Psalm 36Date: 1987Subject: Brevity & Frailty of Life | ; Love | God's Love to Us; Alternative Harmonizations | ; Lord's Supper | ; Morning | ; Providence | ; Wisdom |