When painting a portrait of sin, no Bible writer uses whitewash or pastel colors. David’s somber words in Psalm 36:1-4 highlight three gruesome truths about the wicked as they defiantly transgress God’s holy and loving boundaries.
First, he identifies the source of the wicked’s transgression. “There is no fear of God before his eyes” (v. 1).
Next, he describes the extremity of the wicked’s arrogance. “For he flatters himself in his own eyes, when he finds out his iniquity and when he hates” (v. 2).
Finally, he specifies the perversity of his moral corruption. It corrupts his mouth, his mind, his imagination, his will, and his soul. “The words of his mouth are wickedness and deceit; he has ceased to be wise and to do good. He devises wickedness on his bed; he sets himself in a way that is not good; he does not abhor evil” (vv. 3-4).
The exceeding sinfulness of sin/the transgression of the wicked cannot be overestimated.