God’s Saving Word: Justice and Peace
Psalm 36: Today’s reading begins with a description of human wickedness and sin but is followed by words of praise for the goodness of God and God’s constant love.
Apostles of Christ
36 Sin speaks to the wicked deep in their hearts;
they reject God and do not have reverence for him.
2 Because they think so highly of themselves,
they think that God will not discover their sin and condemn it.
3 Their speech is wicked and full of lies;
they no longer do what is wise and good.
4 They make evil plans as they lie in bed;
nothing they do is good,
and they never reject anything evil.
The Goodness of God
5 Lord, your constant love reaches the heavens;
your faithfulness extends to the skies.
6 Your righteousness is towering like the mountains;
your justice is like the depths of the sea.
People and animals are in your care.
7 How precious, O God, is your constant love!
We find protection under the shadow of your wings.
8 We feast on the abundant food you provide;
you let us drink from the river of your goodness.
9 You are the source of all life,
and because of your light we see the light.
10 Continue to love those who know you
and to do good to those who are righteous.
11 Do not let proud people attack me
or the wicked make me run away.
12 See where evil people have fallen.
There they lie, unable to rise.
Today’s Key Verse: Psalm 36:7
How precious, O God, is your constant love! We find protection under the shadow of your wings.
According to the opening verses (1‒‒4) of this psalm, sinners are those who show no respect for God. How are they described in these verses? Reread verses 5‒‒9 which are a celebration of God’s love for the whole world. How is God’s love described in these verses? What verses do you find particularly meaningful? In what ways will you show your love for God today?
Lord God, I thank and praise you for your constant love, your faithfulness, your righteousness, and your justice. You are the source of all life; help me to share the light of your love with everyone I encounter today. In your precious name, I pray. Amen.
Psalm 37: A psalm describing the destiny of the wicked and of the good.