1 An oracle within my heart concerning the transgression of the wicked: There is no fear of God before his eyes. 2 For he flatters himself in his own eyes, when he finds out his iniquity and when he hates. 3 The words of his mouth are wickedness and deceit; He has ceased to be wise and to do good. 4 He devises wickedness on his bed; He sets himself in a way that is not good; He does not abhor evil.” (Psalm 36:1–4, NKJV)
The sweet psalmist explains a fundamental problem of sinners and sin: they do not fear God. Reverence for God is as foreign to them as water in a desert. Those deceived in sin flatter themselves for their cunning while they are consumed by foolishness. Lies come easy because they do not “abhor evil” (verse 4). We cannot fully “cling to what is good” unless we correspondingly “abhor what is evil” (Rom. 12:9). And that begins with fearing God (Matt. 10:28). Failure to reverence God exalts man in his own eyes, producing contempt for what is good.