I’ve been using the list of Psalms in Praying through the Most Beloved Psalms in 30 Days by Dolores Smyth [clicking on this link will take you to Truth For Life]. This week I read Psalm 50, the Psalm for the 30th day. Today I share how I see it pertaining to the season we’re in. The first verses show what kind of God we’re contending with (you can look up the first 2 verses for more). As Hebrews 10:31 says: “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God”.
Psalm 50:3 Our God shall come, and shall not keep silent; a fire shall devour before Him, and it shall be very tempestuous all around Him. 4 He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that He may judge His people:
5 “Gather My saints together to Me, those who have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice.” 6 Let the heavens declare His righteousness, for God Himself is Judge. Selah
God needs nothing from us; He owns it all! We owe all we have and are to Him.
7 “Hear, O My people, and I will speak, o Israel, and I will testify against you; I am God, your God! 8 I will not rebuke you for your sacrifices or your burnt offerings, which are continually before Me. 9 I will not take a bull from your house, nor goats out of your folds. 10 For every beast of the forest is Mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. 11 I know all the birds of the mountains, and the wild beasts of the field are Mine.” 12 “If I were hungry, I would not tell you; for the world is Mine, and all its fullness. 13 Will I eat the flesh of bulls, or drink the blood of goats?”
How can we honor a God who owns everything? What does He ask from us?
14 “Offer to God thanksgiving, and pay your vows to the Most High. 15 Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.”
The next verses speak to those who have been taking advantage of things and increasing the spirits of fear, chaos, and greed. See if you can see the news media, the “experts” and protestors described here. Are you part of this? I think if I’m honest, I may be also!
16 But to the wicked God says:
“What right have you to declare My statutes, or take My covenant in your mouth,17 seeing you hate instruction and cast My words behind you?
18 When you saw a thief, you consented with him, and have been a partaker with adulterers. 19 You give your mouth to evil, and your tongue frames deceit. 20 You sit and speak against your brother; you slander your own mother’s son. 21 These things you have done, and I kept silent; you thought that I was altogether like you; but I will rebuke you, and set them in order before your eyes.”
What are God’s instructions to these people? Is there any remedy?
22 “Now consider this, you who forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver: 23 Whoever offers praise glorifies Me; and to him who orders his conduct aright I will show the salvation of God.”
During this season, we need to search our hearts and make sure we are walking in love toward others, no matter what they’ve done or not done. As Jesus said, “Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing.” [Luke 23:34a] Until we see each person as someone of worth, our hearts will become hard and bitter toward others whom we do not forgive or take offense from. Yes, we cannot condone the sin or the evil, but we can love the person made in God’s image. We can also speak positive things instead of repeating evil, dire predictions. I’ll leave you with the Apostle Paul’s admonition to the Church; which we Believers are all part of.
Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.