Daily Devotional (Anglican Communion) 18 July 2019 – Wicked People Are Blind Folded
TOPIC: Wicked People Are Blind Folded
READ: Psalms 36:1-12 King James Version (KJV)
1 (To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David the servant of the LORD.) The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes.
2 For he flattereth himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity be found to be hateful.
3 The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: he hath left off to be wise, and to do good.
4 He deviseth mischief upon his bed; he setteth himself in a way that is not good; he abhorreth not evil.
5 Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds.
6 Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O LORD, thou preservest man and beast.
7 How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.
8 They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.
9 For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.
10 O continue thy lovingkindness unto them that know thee; and thy righteousness to the upright in heart.
11 Let not the foot of pride come against me, and let not the hand of the wicked remove me.
12 There are the workers of iniquity fallen: they are cast down, and shall not be able to rise.
Today’s passage contrasts the picture of the wicked with the merciful God. The wicked is blindfolded and cannot see his wicked ways. He flatters and gives himself false hope. He sees his atrocities right. He hates and repels all who constructively criticise and tell him the truth. On the other hand, he welcomes those who flatter him and who sing his praises.
This is the situation in our country today where rulers and politicians are blindfolded. Some steal and mismanage public funds, while some give false contracts all because they are blind.
This scenario has crept into the Church where some General overseers, senior pastors, Bishops and general superintendents are worshipped. They hate the truth, but encourage everything that will enhance their political interests in the Church. In that place where you are a leader, do you like the truth even when it is against you, or do you like the praises of men all through?
Verses 5-10 on the contrary tell us about the mercy, loving-kindness, faithfulness, generosity and righteousness of God. Because of all these virtues of God, you can put your trust under the shadow of God’s wings and be saved, and satisfied with food, drink and pleasure.
PRAYER: Search me oh God and know my heart; try me and know my thoughts. And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.