Listen to the ways of the wicked:
An oracle within my heart concerning the transgression of the wicked:
There is no fear of God before his eyes.
For he flatters himself in his own eyes,
When he finds out his iniquity and when he hates.
The words of his mouth are wickedness and deceit;
He has ceased to be wise and to do good.
He devises wickedness on his bed;
He sets himself in a way that is not good;
He does not abhor evil.
Psalms 36:1-4 NKJV
Hear the end of the unrighteous – either in eternal separation and no participation in the Kingdom of God, but another destination – or in the washing, sanctification, and justification provided by Jesus Christ:
Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God?
Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.
I Corinthians 6:9-11 NKJV
One path is destruction, the other is salvation. It is the difficult way that we choose:
“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”
Matthew 7:13-14 NKJV
He not only gives us mercy, but teaches us faithfulness and righteousness so that we are preserved at the time of judgement if we walk this narrow path and do not turn back. We have no more interest in the ways of the wicked. These things that the wicked participate in, we cast down and instead find our nourishment and contentment and security in God:
Your mercy, O Lord , is in the heavens; Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds. Your righteousness is like the great mountains; Your judgments are a great deep; O Lord , You preserve man and beast.
How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings. They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house, And You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures. For with You is the fountain of life; In Your light we see light. Oh, continue Your lovingkindness to those who know You, And Your righteousness to the upright in heart.
Let not the foot of pride come against me, And let not the hand of the wicked drive me away. There the workers of iniquity have fallen; They have been cast down and are not able to rise.
Psalms 36:5-12 NKJV
Set our eyes upon the high mountain of your blameless life, Lord. Establish our feet along this narrow path. Teach us your ways, Oh Lord. Do not let us be satisfied in the milk of hope and forgiveness – but teach us to eat upon the bread of faithfulness and deliverance and repentance and righteousness – and guide us in sharing the blood of the Lamb that is evident and undeniable in the meat of a life of loving and serving others humbly, gently, kindly, and patiently. This is not a mountain that we can climb by our own strength or we will fall in pride like the tower of Babel. But when we have you, alive in us, in communion with us as we walk in your Spirit and not in the flesh – all things are possible. Draw us ever closer into your presence, Lord. It is our place of refuge and strength.