The Contrast Between Mankind And God
This Psalm, written by David, begins with the same observation of the prophet Jeremiah;
Jeremiah 17:9 (NLT2) The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?
The first four verses is a blunt description of the wickedness that resides in the hearts of unbelievers and the subsequent sin that results from rejecting their Creator. Left to themselves, people gravitate away from the Lord and toward an arrogant and destructive sense of ambivalence toward spiritual truth, which leads to self-deceit, evil and, ultimately, the willful rejection of all that is good.
Contrast that with the righteousness, purity and faithfulness of God, the Creator. The psalmist, David, struggles to adequately describe God’s divine justice and mercy by pointing to the vastness of the heavens, the height of the mountains and the depths of the sea as mere hints of the overwhelming goodness and love of God Almighty.
In light of the vast difference between the condition of mankind’s wickedness, and God’s goodness David makes an impassioned plea to the Lord to “continue your love to those who know you”
Jesus, the very image of God is the answer to David’s request on behalf of all people.
Colossians 1:15 (NLT2) Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,
2 Corinthians 4:4 (NLT2)4 Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God. (emphasis mine)
Jesus gave His life as a “ransom for many” so that all who believe “might live through him”.
Matthew 20:28 (NLT2) For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
1 John 4:9-10 (NLT2)9 God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him.10 This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.