Praying Through: Psalm 36:1-4

The Psalm

Psalm 36 (CSB)
1 An oracle within my heart concerning the transgression of the wicked person: Dread of God has no effect on him.

2 For with his flattering opinion of himself, he does not discover and hate his iniquity.

3 The words from his mouth are malicious and deceptive; he has stopped acting wisely and doing good.

4 Even on his bed he makes malicious plans. He sets himself on a path that is not good, and he does not reject evil.

The Prayer

My Only Deliverer

How often do I preach

  • against the sin in others
  • guilt deep in the hearts of men
  • and as they continue to plot in vain
  • as if there is no God.

But my life

  • was filled to the hilt
  • with my own wickedness
  • perversions that few can know
  • evil that cause some to shudder
  • sin that churns and burns in my
  • heart
  • mind
  • and soul
  • continuously.

I was one of these worthless men

  • that sinned all the more
  • I was ill-deserving of any leniency
  • I could not afford grace.

But you O Lord

  • had me in your sights
  • and you had sweetest mercy for me
  • and you pulled me out of hell
  • and your rescued me from death
  • and you loved me
  • and you saved me
  • and you bless me.

My God, keep your hand on my life

  • and keep turning my heart towards you.