Psalm 36

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Principles of the Ungodly Contrasted with the Godly

Psalm 36

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Lesson Number 27

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. The SOP of the ungodly is to not follow and not fear the Lord.
  2. The SOP of the godly is to experience and enjoy the attributes of God.

Practical Application

  1. Come to the fountain of life.
  2. Pray for your preservation with the right philosophy.


  1. What can we learn from the title of Psalm 36?
  2. What is the theme of Psalm 36?
  3. Outline this psalm.
  4. What does SOP stand for?
  5. Discuss the attribute of God often translated “lovingkindness.”


  1. Psalm 36 is a psalm of David written for the Chief musician or choir director. This means it was set to music and used at the Temple for worship.
  2. There is a great contrast between the way the ungodly thinks and acts, and the way God’s thoughts and actions are directed toward blessing the believer.
  3. The Wickedness of the Wicked – verses 1-4 The Graciousness of God – verses 5-9 The Confidence of the Christian – verses 10-12 Or The Sinner – verses 1-4 The Savior – verses 5-9 The Saint – verses 10-12
  4. Standard Operating Procedure
  5. This hard-to-translate Hebrew word is sometimes rendered “love” or “mercy.” It speaks of God’s love as steadfast, faithful, protective, righteous, and loyal.


  1. Ungodly people live their lives with no fear of God. Discuss how unbelievers, and believers as well, become desensitized to sin.
  2. Compare 1 John 1:7 to Psalm 36:9, “In Your light we see light.” How do you gain insight and understanding in life?


  1. Have you come to the fountain of life? Like the woman at the well in John 4, the Lord is offering you living water so you will not thirst.

Key Verses

  • "Your mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds. Your righteousness is like the great mountains; Your judgments are a great deep." Psalm 35:5-6

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