The Message

Psalm 36

A David Psalm

11-4 The God-rebel tunes in to sedition—
    all ears, eager to sin.
He has no regard for God,
    he stands insolent before him.
He has smooth-talked himself
    into believing
That his evil
    will never be noticed.
Words gutter from his mouth,
    dishwater dirty.
Can’t remember when he
    did anything decent.
Every time he goes to bed,
    he fathers another evil plot.
When he’s loose on the streets,
    nobody’s safe.
He plays with fire
    and doesn’t care who gets burned.

5-6 God’s love is meteoric,
    his loyalty astronomic,
His purpose titanic,
    his verdicts oceanic.
Yet in his largeness
    nothing gets lost;
Not a man, not a mouse,
    slips through the cracks.

7-9 How exquisite your love, O God!
    How eager we are to run under your wings,
To eat our fill at the banquet you spread
    as you fill our tankards with Eden spring water.
You’re a fountain of cascading light,
    and you open our eyes to light.

10-12 Keep on loving your friends;
    do your work in welcoming hearts.
Don’t let the bullies kick me around,
    the moral midgets slap me down.
Send the upstarts sprawling
    flat on their faces in the mud.

New International Reader's Version

Psalm 36

Psalm 36

For the director of music. A psalm of David, the servant of the Lord.

I have a message from God in my heart.
    It is about the evil ways of anyone who sins.
    They don’t have any respect for God.
They praise themselves so much
    that they can’t see their sin or hate it.
Their mouths speak words that are evil and false.
    They do not act wisely or do what is good.
Even as they lie in bed they make evil plans.
    They commit themselves to a sinful way of life.
    They never say no to what is wrong.

Lord, your love is as high as the heavens.
    Your faithful love reaches up to the skies.
Your holiness is as great as the height of the highest mountains.
    You are as honest as the oceans are deep.
Lord, you keep people and animals safe.
    How priceless your faithful love is!
    People find safety in the shadow of your wings.
They eat well because there is more than enough in your house.
    You let them drink from your river that flows with good things.
You have the fountain of life.
    We are filled with light because you give us light.

10 Keep on loving those who know you.
    Keep on doing right to those whose hearts are honest.
11 Don’t let the feet of those who are proud step on me.
    Don’t let the hands of those who are evil drive me away.
12 See how those who do evil have fallen!
    They are thrown down and can’t get up.