An Orcale Within My Heart
Scripture: Psalm 36: 1-10 (NIV)
1 An oracle is within my heart
concerning the sinfulness of the wicked: [a]
There is no fear of God
before his eyes.
2 For in his own eyes he flatters himself
too much to detect or hate his sin.
3 The words of his mouth are wicked and deceitful;
he has ceased to be wise and to do good.
4 Even on his bed he plots evil;
he commits himself to a sinful course
and does not reject what is wrong.
5 Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the skies.
6 Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains,
your justice like the great deep.
O LORD, you preserve both man and beast.
7 How priceless is your unfailing love!
Both high and low among men
find [b] refuge in the shadow of your wings.
8 They feast on the abundance of your house;
you give them drink from your river of delights.
9 For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light we see light.
10 Continue your love to those who know you,
your righteousness to the upright in heart.
An oracle is within my heart. What an interesting thing for David to say as he begins this Psalm. I knew what I defined “oracle” as, but I went to my handy desk Webster for the technical definition. An oracle is “person who delivers authoritative, wise, or highly regarded and influential pronouncements; a divine communication or revelation; any person or thing serving as an agency of divine communication.” We would think that an oracle would be a person to deliver a message to us, but in verse 1, David has said an oracle is speaking directly to his heart. Instead of a person or thing, it is God that is speaking to David. He is speaking to the man David is and He is speaking on the House of Israel. And my, what things God says.
In verses 1 & 2, God gets to the heart of the matter: there is no fear of Him and man thinks so much of himself, that he no longer recognizes sin. When was the last time you really feared God? Or better yet, what you did yesterday, last night, or anticipate doing today, do you really recognize the wrong in it? And if you do, will that stop you? Did it stop me?
In verses 3 & 4, we see that we have forgotten what the phrase “speak no evil, hear no evil” means. We gossip, we use profane words, we view and read things that are not pleasing in the eyes of God. Even watching the news can bring us desensitization to the very things our heart should cry out against. Man is on such a sinful course, we no longer even bother to object to the wrongs that are prevalent. Not enough to enforce change. When was the last time, WE ever did something or protested something that brought about change?
But in verse 5, we see a shift in the Psalm, that talks about the love and righteousness of God. How in God, refuge can be found by all of us.
Today, God is speaking to your heart. That small voice you hear, that whisper that directs you to do better, do right, is God. Don’t fail to heed it. God was speaking to David personally, opening David’s eyes to his own shortcomings, as well as his fellow man. But he also gave David the solution: following God. As you begin today, submit your day to God. Follow wherever He leads you. Be the witness that is needed today. He has called each of us to a purpose and that purpose begins anew, today. It is never too late to turn to Him and seek the refuge only He can give you.
There is an oracle within my heart and He is speaking to ME…