The mighty God, even the LORD, hath spoken, and called the earth from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof. Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined. Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about him. He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that he may judge his people. Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice. And the heavens shall declare his righteousness: for God is judge himself. Selah. Psalms 50:1-6
The Psalmist let’s us know who is speaking, it is the Lord Himself! The use of both Names, God and Lord, signify the fullness and richness of His nature and ascribes to Him the most glorious manifestations. He is God and He has the right and the power to summon all the world to judgment.
He knows every word that was ever spoken by every man and He knows every action of every man. He even knows every thought of every man. He knows the very motive behind every action of every man. And He knows the result of every thought, word, and action of every man.
God is truth and without iniquity; He is just and right. His judgments will be in perfect purity and righteousness. The great principles which will determine the final destiny of men will proceed forth from Heaven. God has given us a perfect Book and has given the Church charge to proclaim the contents of that Book because in it are the principles of the great judgment. God rules by that Book and He will judge by that Book! The judgment of God is not a theory; it is an unmistakable fact with clean evidence. Every man has a voice within him that tells him of God’s ultimate judgment. That is why he has a natural fear of God’s judgment. Many clothe that fear with hate, but it is really his conscience telling him it is sure. Perfect justice does not always come here and now. The sinfulness of man prevents true justice. That is why some seem to get away with things others are severely punished for. Wealth, position, or other resources may postpone justice on this earth. The fact that justice is not served by man demands that it be served by God. God’s Word is sure and that Sure Word says that there will be a great and final judgment.
These verses speak of the terror of God’s judgment. It tells of a devouring fire, a tempest from Heaven, and God Himself coming to judge. These verses indicate that God will not only be clothed in great majesty, but there will be a flaming fire and a stormy tempest and a cloudy gloom. He is coming in consuming wrath. The Saints will be filled with fear and sinners will be filled with terror.
The Bible speaks of the judgment of ALL men. The lost will be judged at the Great White Throne Judgment and the saved will be judged at the Judgment Seat Of Christ. No man will be exempt from His judgment. He shall call upon the whole universe to be present at the judgment. The prefect holiness and knowledge of God guarantees His judgment. The hosts of Heaven will declare that true justice has been done as they say, “True and righteous are His judgments.”
This is a solemn warning that those that depart from Him will face Him in judgment. Many do not like to hear of such judgment, but if we do not learn of the judgment, we will not run to the One that can save us from it.
FORMALITY AND SPIRITUALITY
Hear, O my people, and I will speak; O Israel, and I will testify against thee: I am God, even thy God. I will not reprove thee for thy sacrifices or thy burnt offerings, to have been continually before me. I will take no bullock out of thy house, nor he goats out of thy folds. For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills. I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine. If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof. Will I eat the flesh of bulls, or drink the blood of goats? Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High: And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me. But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth? Psalms 50:7-16
God speaks to His people and testifies against their formal religious worship and calls upon them to offer Him truly spiritual worship. He refused their sacrifices because it was a worthless religious sacrifice. He says that everything belongs to Him. What we sacrifice to the Lord was never ours in the first place, we are just stewards of all we have. The truly spiritual person will understand that all we have is given to us by Him. How worthless it is to offer as a sacrifice to God that which already belongs to Him. Our gifts must therefore be given with thanksgiving and spiritual meaning.
Did they really believe God would consume the sacrifices? There is nothing that we could give to Him and could possibly satisfy Him physically. God was reminding them that He was not like the heathen gods that seemed to consume the sacrifices, but it was actually the wicked priest that did it. Our God is a Spirit and we do not worship Him with carnal and fleshly things but in spirit and in truth. A mere material offering is worthless. God does require us to offer offerings to Him, but those things can never be a substitute for our love and devotion to Him. They can never replace our loyalty and obedience to Him. When our sacrifices are given in gratitude and praise, they are gladly received of God.
God commands us to worship Him and to present our sacrifices to Him. We worship Him on the grounds of who He is and our relationship with Him. He calls for us to offer Him our prayers, our praise, our affection, our thanksgiving, our obedience, our trust, and our acknowledgment of Him. Those offerings are pleasing to Him. After the offering is offered and accepted, we are promised deliverance. Those that faithfully thank God for His blessings have the assurance of His continued blessings. God is not glorified by our outward offerings, but by our grateful and trustful hearts. God will never accept our material offerings unless we first give Him our hearts and our lives.
COMFORT IN TROUBLE
And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me. Psalms 50:15
The Time Of Trouble
We are often called upon to walk through troubles in this present world. It is during our life on this earth that we experience oppression, discord, infirmities, slander, personal loss, and heavy bereavements. Job said this life is full of trouble.
The Direction Given In Trouble
What are we to do in this time of trouble? We are to call on God. We are to plead with Him, tell Him of our trouble, and confess our need of Him. We are also to tell of our submission to Him.
The Consolation In Trouble
We can depend on God to do what He said He would do; deliver us. He will do this in His time and in the right time and in the best time.
The Result Of Comfort In Trouble We will glorify Him. That is our purpose. When we remember God’s goodness, kindness, and mercy to us, we bring glory to Him. Our love, devotion, and gratefulness to Him for our deliverance also brings honor to Him.
But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth? Seeing thou hatest instruction, and castest my words behind thee. When thou sawest a thief, then thou consentedst with him, and hast been partaker with adulterers. Thou givest thy mouth to evil, and thy tongue frameth deceit. Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother; thou slanderest thine own mother’s son. These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes. Now consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver. Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God. Psalms 50:16-23
These self-proclaimed authorities claim that what they say is what God says. It is a great evil for the professors of religion to profess an untrue profession. But it is a greater evil for a hypocrite to try to teach God’s Law to others while allowing it to have no effect on them. Those that teach God’s Law must endeavor to keep His Law. Those that do not intend to do as they teach have no true authority. The proclamation of the power and beauty of the grace of the Lord requires that the proclaimer be a clean vessel. These are false teachers that are unwilling to learn themselves. There are some who try to teach the Word of God but refuse to be taught by God. To occupy such a sacred position and profane that position shows hatred for what they teach and the One who gave the truth to be taught. God accuses these false teachers and hypocrites of adultery, theft, and false witness. They actually approved the deeds of thieves and profited from them. The adultery and lying was a common practice even among the priests. They were not devoted to the Lord but to wickedness and deceit. These priests were supposed to be teachers of God’s law but they were actually guilty of slander, even against their closest relatives, of adultery, and conspiring with thieves. They were bringing ruin to themselves, corrupting the Temple, and providing a bad testimony to the world.
The Psalmist says that they thought God was like them, they thought because God did not act immediately to punish them, He was going along with them. They took God’s longsuffering as consent and that encouraged them in their evil activities. But God calls them into question for their conduct and He rejects their works. He reproves them. When God speaks against you, He takes away all arguments. He let’s them know that their deeds will soon be exposed. He speaks of their impending doom. Those that make a habit of forgetting God will soon forget themselves and they will never be right with Him. Those that will not heed the warning of God will be consumed by His wrath. There will be no deliverance.
The word “Whoso” in verse 23 speaks of all men. All who offer praise must order their own conversation aright. Thanksgiving is good, but thanksliving is better.
AN AWFUL MISTAKE
These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes. Psalms 50:21
We are made in the image of God so there are some ways that we are like Him, but it is always a mistake to believe that God is in any way like us. It is a mistake:
To Believe You Can Hide Your Sins From God
Just because a man can hide his sin from another man, he should never believe that he can hide them from God. Some men believe that their religion will hide their sins from God like it hides them from other men. Nothing is out of His sight.
To Believe God Does Not Notice Everything
Men lose all concern for the unimportant when they are consumed by the important. They forget the minor things when they focus on the major things. The president may be so consumed with national affairs that he does not notice a poor beggar. But it is a mistake to believe that God is so great and so occupied with things of unspeakable importance that He does not notice the so-called small sins of one man. Some believe that with all the wicked sins of the world that God has to deal with, He will not concern Himself with their sins. That is a foolish mistake; nothing is unimportant to Him.
To Believe That God Will Forget
After a time man will forget things. Things that happened to us long years ago are hardly worth thinking about today. But God never forgets or becomes indifferent to any sin. Every sin must either be pardoned or punished.
To Believe That God Will Be Lenient With Sinners
The Bible says, “Fools make a mock at sin.” A man will say that it is a “White lie” or a “Harmless sin.” Man is tolerant of sin and tends to believe that God is the same. But with God it is not the size of the sin, it is that it is a sin that is abominable to Him. He hates sin! The suffering and death of Jesus on the cross to forgive our sin is a testimony to His complete and unchangeable hatred for sin. His is and always will be eternally opposed to all sin.
To Believe That God Will Change
Man’s ideas about sin and the punishment for sin are ever changing. Man will even threaten a punishment that he cannot inflict. Some believe God is like man and changes His mind about sin and because He does not immediately inflict the punishment He has promised, that He has changed. God will fulfill His Word exactly! Judgment is delayed because of His mercy, not because He has changed. Sin will be cast behind His back or cast into an eternal Hell.
We must not believe that God is like us; we must endeavor, through the grace of Christ, to become like Him.
50th Book of Psalms Daily Study Psalm 50 Morning Devotional
So Glad To Be So Saved
Danny "Preacher" Bezet