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  Bro. Tom’s Weekly Bible Study
  Week #130
Posted: September 21, 2007

PSALM 36:1-4

This week starts a new study of Psalm 36.  This Psalm is entitled ‘To The Chief Musician, A Psalm Of David, The Servant Of The Lord’.  This same title is used of Psalm 18 when David flees from Saul but here it seems he has been crowned King.  The Chief Musician is the one who conducts public worship.  David, the King of the people, sees himself as a servant of the Lord.  I feel there will be no great strides of victory of the spiritual man over the natural man unless we become His servants and He becomes our King of Kings.  I have entitled the chapter, “The Great Contrasts”.  David contrasts the ‘natural man’ (Vs. 1-4) with the ‘spiritual man’. (Vs. 5-12)

Let us look at David’s description of the natural man in verses 1-4 which says,The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes. For he flattereth himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity be found to be hateful. The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: he hath left off to be wise, and to do good.  He deviseth mischief upon his bed; he setteth himself in a way that is not good; he abhorreth not evil.”

In verse 1 we see ‘The Voice Of The Natural Man’.  David, in verse 1, looks at the wickedness of his enemies.  But while looking within his own heart he sees within himself the same wickedness that they are living out.  The wicked heart speaks out in a clear voice and it lies within David as well as all others.  The natural heart that lives in us all is deceitful above all and desperately wicked, who can know it?  They act in such a way that it tells all we have no ‘fear of God’.  “If God be everywhere, and I fear Him, how can I dare to break His laws in His very presence.” (Spurgeon)  Save by the grace of God controlling the voice of my natural man, go I, among the wicked of this world.

In verse 2 let us be confronted with ‘The Vanity Of The Natural Man’.  David said as the wicked enemy of God his natural man would ‘flatter’ him in his own eyes.  The word means to smooth over what is truly there.  “To smooth over ones own conduct to ones conscience is to smooth ones own path to hell.” (Spurgeon)  He can flatter himself until his sin is surfaced to the outward.  That which is rotten cannot be concealed forever, it will soon be a smell clear to all.  As in the story of Lazarus, Martha said to the Lord, about moving the stone, please don’t move it for he stinketh.  The only way to get the stink of sin off of a sinner is by getting them to the Saviour.

In verses 3-4 we have laid out for us ‘The Vice Of The Natural Man’.  One always acts and reacts according the their nature.  A pig loves slop because he has a hog’s nature.  He wouldn’t be drawn towards bubble baths and pink bows.

In verse 3a we see  ‘The Practice Of Vice’.  Everything that comes from his mouth is sin and deception.  Our Lord said that from out of the heart the mouth speaks.  The mouth is the ornament or place of display for the natural heart of man.  In verse 3b we see ‘The Performance Of Vice’.  The natural heart lived out will leave off being ‘wise’ and ‘good’.  These both speak of being like God.  Even those, who do wise and good, if it comes from a natural heart, are self-righteous and stinks worse to God.

In verse 4a we see ‘The Premeditation Of Vice’.  For the Godly man as he lay upon his bed, he meditates upon God and how he can serve Him.  The wicked devise wicked plans upon the bed.  In verse 4b we see ‘The Path Of Vice’.  He is on a path that is not good and he has no hatred for that which is evil.  This is certainly a road that heads for Hell.  Lord, we have such a wicked heart within us.  O deliver us from showing the colors of sin that we once served before we were saved and made into a new creation.