A young man once remarked to a preacher in mocking fashion, “You say that unsaved people carry a great weight of sin. Frankly, I feel nothing. How heavy is this sin that I am supposed to be carrying? Ten pounds? Fifty pounds? Eighty pounds? A hundred pounds?”
The preacher thought for a moment, and then replied, “If you laid a four-hundred-pound weight on a corpse, would it feel the load?”
The young man was quick to say, “Of course not; it is dead.”
Pressing home his case, the preacher said, “The person who does not know Christ is equally dead. Even though the load is great, he feels nothing.”
In Psalm 36, David is making one thing clear. We have a choice. We can either delight ourselves in the Lord, or we can allow ourselves to be deceived by sin. David begins by showing how deceitful sin is in the life of man. Sin deceives us so that we cannot see and hate his own sins (vv. 1-2). This is how we can be so judgemental about other people’s problems and blind to our own. As Jesus’ put it,
“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. – Luke 6:41-42
David is demonstrating how sin is a downfall spiral and how we are to hate it not desire it. Then from the depths of sin, David leaps to the heights of God and His abundant blessings towards us.
Your love, LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. – Psalm 36:5
David can’t contain himself as he thinks about how delightful God really is. He looked for enjoyment in the wrong places, he had been deceived by sin, but now he has found his delight in the Lord.
Do you find your delight in the Lord? If not, where are you looking for it? In harmful relationships? In bad habits? In escapism? Don’t be deceived.
George Muller was a great man of faith who trusted God to provide for over 2,000 orphans without every making a need know publicly. Roger Steer subtitled his biography of “delighted in God!” since Muller emphasised that the first business of every morning should be to secure happiness in God through time in God’s Word and prayer. If you’re looking for delight in anything or anyone else, come back to God and delight in Him.