Let us continue our study of Psalm 36, which I have
entitled “The Great Contrast”. David is here
as the servant of the Lord contrasting ‘The
Natural Man’ (Vs. 1-4) with ‘The Spiritual
Man’. (Vs. 5-12)
feel it is my assignment to look this week at the ‘Spiritual
Man’ of verses 5-12. I will not quote the text
here but have your Bible opened as we walk through
verses 5-6 we see ‘The Seat Of His Sovereignty’.
For the ‘spiritual man’ God sits enthroned in
our hearts. In verse 5a I see the ‘Rule Of His
Seat’. His mercy rules from the heaven, it is
over all His redeemed. Mercy is the act of God
withholding from us what we deserve. I see in verse
5b ‘The Reach Of His Seat’. His faithfulness
is the fact of His longsuffering and patience. It
reaches into the clouds David said, certainly beyond
our measurement. In verse 6 we see ‘The Reign Of
His Seat’. His righteousness and judgment are
compared to the tops of mountains and depths of the
seas. His righteousness and judgments are never
affected by our circumstances, as the mountains are
never moved even by hurricanes. Why, He even ‘preserves’
man and beast. The word means to feed and maintain
the existence of. He sustains man, beast, birds,
fish, and an infinite army of insects. They all owe
their existence both present and continual existence
to Him alone. O what a thought, for the spiritual
man who dwells in Him redeemed, to consider.
verses 7-9 I see ‘The Source Of His Supply’.
One writer says in these verses we step into the ‘Holy
of Holies’ of the spiritual man. We find in
verse 7 that it is a ‘Sure Supply’. We are
told that the things of our God are ‘excellent’.
The word means precious. All the things of this
earth are a worthless, beggarly collection of
nothing compared to His loving kindness and mercy.
They cause the spiritual man to run and hide with
trust under His wings as the chick hides under the
mother hen and the eaglets hide under the wings of
the mother eagle. To hide in Him is a sure supply.
In verse 8 we find there is a ‘Sufficient Supply’.
When we trust in Him with all the heart our house
becomes the place of spiritual fatness and rivers of
pleasure. If we dwell in Him and He in us we dwell
in the fullness of joy unspeakable.
verse 9 we find there is a ‘Spiritual Supply’.
Spiritual life is in the redeemed, but He is the
sole fountain of all spiritual life. He must dwell
in us in order for us to have spiritual life. If he
dwells in us we walk in the light of all lights. We
need no candle to see the sun. We cannot see Jesus
by self-light but we can see self clearly in the
light of Jesus. One beam from the eternal Son is
greater than all the lights of earthly wisdom. O
Lord, shine on me, in me, and ever through me.
verses 10-12 we have the ‘Standard Of Salvation’.
In verses 10-11 we find the ‘Standard Of
Conversion’. David prays for the continuance of
loving kindness, righteousness, and the removal of
pride in his life. All of these are guaranteed by
the covenant of grace but it hurts nothing through
prayer to give the thanksgiving of praise for their
existence and continuance.
verse 12 we see the ‘Standard Of Condemnation’.
David sees the enemy of God fallen, cast down,
(indication of being in Hell), and never able to
rise again. Let us put on the Lord Jesus Christ,
walk in the Spirit, and make not provision for the
flesh to fulfill the lusts thereof.