Verse 1 – An oracle within my heart concerning the transgression of the wicked: there is no fear of God before his eyes.
Verse 2 – For he flatters himself in his own eyes, when he finds out his iniquity and when he hates.
Because the wicked have no fear of God, nothing restrains them from sinning. They don’t read God’s Word so they don’t know judgment will come one day. Let’s not forget though, we were like them before we knew Christ.
Verse 3 – The words of his mouth are wickedness and deceit; he has ceased to be wise and to do good.
Verse 4 – He devises wickedness on his bed; he sets himself in a way that is not good; he does not abhor evil.
Most people wake up each morning with plans and thoughts for their day. David writes that the wicked start plotting while laying in bed. Now look at the huge contrast between God and the wicked.
Verse 5 – Your mercy, O Lord is in the heavens and Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
Verse 6 – Your righteousness is like the great mountains; Your judgments are a great deep; O Lord, You preserve man and beast.
Verse 7 – How precious is Your loving-kindness O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings.
Verse 8 – They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house, and You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures.
Verse 9 – For with You is a fountain of life; in Your light we see light.
Imagine for just a minute that you have never heard about this God that David describes. Then someone starts telling you about a heavenly Father that has all wisdom to judge righteously; they tell you that you can run and hide under His mighty wings for protection; that you can always trust Him; and that He can abundantly (greatly) give you water that brings life. Would you not want to know this God more and more? Jesus spoke of himself as living water that could quench thirst forever and give eternal life (John 4:14).
Verse 10 – Oh, continue Your loving-kindness to those who know You, and Your righteousness to the upright in heart.
Verse 11 – Let not the foot of pride come against me, and let not the hand of the wicked drive me away.
Verse 12 – There the workers of iniquity have fallen; they have been cast down and are not able to rise.
Those who plot evil, are deceptive and manipulative and never prosper in the right way, though it may seem as though they do for a while. David says in verse 12, that when they fall, they will not get up again. When God does things for us, they stay.