The author of Psalm 36 is David, and he observes the behavior of ungodly men of the author’s generation. Such men permitted sin to rule their hearts, because they did not fear God or judgment. They boasted of themselves and their open rebellion against God. It pleased them to defy God and what is good. The words of such men were evil and deceitful. They traded wisdom and goodness for foolishness and wickedness. Rather than meditate on the word of God at night, these men planned to do evil and commit sin. Their path was not the word of God, but the many paths that strayed from it. These men did not abhor or reject what was evil, as God-fearing men did.
David affirms and proclaims the character of God. God’s lovingkindness fills the Earth. His faithfulness is vast and far-reaching. His righteousness is overpowering, steady, and unshakable. His judgments are true and not subject to the understanding of men. God’s lovingkindness is precious to his children, who openly accept his mercy as sinners, and find saftey and comfort within Him. God provides for his children, and give them all they need. God is the source of life, and in his perfection and holiness, his children are given hope in a dark and corrupt world.
David appealed to God to continue his lovingkindness toward his people, and to protect them from the snares of sin and wickedness. He asked for God’s protection from evil men, and not to be consumed by the pride as the ungodly were. He acknowledged the status of the ungodly as fallen.
There is a tone of concern and fear of sin and evil men, which is subdued by reflecting on the character of God and appealing to him for protection and guidance. While all people are sinners, many have utterly rejected God and his plan for their salvation. David witnessed such behavior in his time, and we can attest to it in our own day. While the behavior and influence of ungodly men is concerning, we can turn to God’s lovingkindness for comfort, hope, and protection.