A Meditation: On Psalm 36:4 // Contemplating A Sin Is A Sin In Itself //
by Matheus Yuhlung
“He deviseth mischief upon his bed; he setteth himself in a way that is not good; he abhorreth not evil” – Psalm 36:4 (KJV)
The word deviseth is written as imagineth in Bishop’s Bible version; both of which is the translation of the Hebrew word châshab which (in the perspective of our verse – on – focus) means to fabricate (i.e. to make things up artificially).
Further YLT writes mischief as iniquity; whose Hebrew is ‘âven meaning to pant or to exert oneself into nothingness. Lastly, the word bed is from the Hebrew mishkâb which is a euphemism of carnal intercourse and in a figurative sense can be understood as a bier (i.e. a stand to support a corpse or a coffin prior to burial).
Dear Reader, if the wages of sin is death – how perilous would it be to contemplate the desires of sin? Some would say I commit no adultery by merely fabricating lustful thoughts; but unfortunately both are same. Nothing is hidden from God. It does not matter what your body has responded to – what happens in the spirit decides all.
And since nighttimes are such that we try to lay the mind at rest to enter sleep – the body may soothe out but the mind will not because it knows no rest. Hence, if you are not thinking noble things you are inviting the schemes of the devil.
Let us take this verse as a call – for – caution and try to keep our bed times sin-free before the devil lets our mind spun the web of fantasies that would ensnares us onto the bed of death. We were supposed to pray Lord lead us not into temptation. Hence, it is not fitting for a believer to indulge in fantasies that would never materialize but only lead on to have a bad report with God.