Psalm 36

God's Love and Faithfulness: Reflections of Christ's Light



Psalm 36 portrays the contrast between the wickedness of humanity and the steadfast love and faithfulness of God. As we read this Psalm through the lens of the New Covenant and the teachings of Jesus Christ, we discover a deeper understanding of God's love, our need for His guidance, and the invitation to trust in His righteousness.

Section 1: The Wickedness of Humanity (1-4)

"1 I have a message from God in my heart concerning the sinfulness of the wicked: There is no fear of God before their eyes...4 Even on their beds they plot evil; they commit themselves to a sinful course and do not reject what is wrong."

Talking Points:

Cross Reference: Romans 3:23, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."


Section 2: God's Steadfast Love and Faithfulness (5-9)

"5 Your love, LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies... 7 How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings... 9 For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light."

Talking Points:

Cross Reference: John 1:4, "In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind."


Section 3: Trusting in God's Righteousness (10-12)

"10 Continue your love to those who know you, your righteousness to the upright in heart... 11 Do not let the foot of the proud come against me, or the hand of the wicked drive me away. 12 See how the evildoers lie fallen—thrown down, not able to rise!"

Talking Points:

Cross Reference: Matthew 6:13, "And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one."



Psalm 36, viewed through a New Covenant, Christ-focused perspective, contrasts human wickedness with God's unfailing love and faithfulness, which are fully embodied in Jesus Christ.

The deceit and wickedness described in the psalm highlight the human condition apart from Christ (Romans 3:23). Conversely, the psalmist's awe of God's love, faithfulness, righteousness, and judgement prefigures the character of Jesus, who personifies these divine attributes (John 1:14).

The reference to people taking refuge in the shadow of God's wings resonates with Jesus' lament over Jerusalem, expressing His longing to gather His people as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings (Matthew 23:37).

The psalmist's praise of God as the source of life and light foreshadows Christ's self-declaration as the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6), and as the light of the world (John 8:12).

Psalm 36 contrasts the brokenness of our sinful condition with the abundant love and faithfulness found in Jesus Christ, our refuge, life, and light.