5They encourage themselves in an evil matter: they commune of laying snares privily; they say, Who shall see them?
6They search out iniquities; they accomplish a diligent search: both the inward thought of every one of them, and the heart, is deep.
Heart of Man
What is the true heart of man? We all want to believe that all men are basically good, and that, in their heart of hearts, they want what is the best for all people. The Bible, however, never points to the heart of man as being basically good. The heart of man, left to itself, is only evil continually.
I really do not like thinking that way, do you? However, the psalmist made no pretense in his comments regarding the wickedness of man. The real problem is that the wicked do not see themselves as wicked; they are just people like you and I, trying to do the best in this life that they are able to do. What, then, makes them wicked?
Those who live their lives apart from God are entirely wicked! The only difference for believers is the changes made in their hearts by God. Even Jesus said, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God. (Matthew 19:17, Mark 10:18, and Luke 18:19, KJV)
Perhaps this is easier to understand when we realize that nowhere, in all of the universe, does goodness exist apart from God. God, alone, is good! We may view ourselves as just as good as the next person, maybe even better, but when we compare ourselves to a perfect, righteous, and holy God, we must all admit that we cannot possibly measure up. In comparison to God, we are all wicked!
That is why we all need Christ. Only Christ, the perfect man, and perfect God, was able to bridge the gap between God and man. When we accept Christ as the only One who can save us from death brought on by our wickedness, we receive the righteousness of Christ. When God looks upon believers, He does not see their sin, but rather sees the righteous blood of Christ.
How does all of that work? I do not know! But this I know, once I was lost with no hope for rescue, but now I have been found and with it has come all of the blessings of Christ: love, joy, peace, gentleness, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance.
22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23
Against such, there is no law!
So, let us not despair. Though the heart of man is desperately wicked, the heart of Christ is filled with joy and peace, forever! Let us reach out then, not for the heart of man, but for the heart of Christ!
God Bless You,