God the Judge of the Righteous and the Wicked.
A Psalm of [a]Asaph
“The mighty One, God, the Lord, has spoken,
And summoned the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting [from east to west].”
The mighty One, God, the Lord:
To those who believe, that is who He Is. King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The Creator and Ruler of the world.
He is speaking.
Yet, ears to hear and eyes that see, are few and far between.
“Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty,
God has shone forth.”
His light shines forth, it warms, comforts He makes it available:
“So that they may see and know,
And consider and understand together,
That the hand of the Lord has done this,
That the Holy One of Israel has created it.” Isaiah 41:20 (AMP)
“May our God come and not keep silent;
Fire devours before Him,
And around Him a mighty tempest rages.”
The Psalmist, is crying out for the day of judgment.
“He summons the heavens above,
And the earth, to judge His people:”
“Gather My godly ones to Me,
Those who have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice.”
He would speak to His people first:
“And the heavens declare His righteousness,
For God Himself is judge.
Selah.” (Stop and consider this)
“Hear, O My people, and I will speak;
O Israel, I will testify against you:
I am God, your God.”
He is speaking to His children, not to the world.
“I do not reprove you for your sacrifices;
Your burnt offerings are continually before Me.
“I will accept no young bull from your house
Nor male goat from your folds.
“For every beast of the forest is Mine,
And the cattle on a thousand hills.
“I know every bird of the mountains,
And everything that moves in the field is [b]Mine.”
You are only sacrificing to Me what is already Mine. The Lord, instituted, the sacrificial system, the people, like the people today did not understand what the Lord desires.
“If I were hungry, I would not tell you,
For the world and all it contains are Mine.
“Shall I eat the flesh of bulls
Or drink the blood of male goats?
“Offer to God the sacrifice of thanksgiving
And pay your vows to the Most High;”
He doesn’t need those things. He desires, heartfelt Praise, true Worship, genuine Thanksgiving.
Then He welcomes us to:
“Call on Me in the day of trouble;
I will rescue you, and you shall honor and glorify Me.”
Only then does He promise to rescue us out of the bondage of sin and shame. Only then will we truly Honor and Glorify Him.
He now speaks to those who are not, (by their own decisions), His.
“But to the wicked God says:
“What right have you to recite My statutes
Or to take My covenant on your lips?
“For you hate instruction and discipline
And cast My words behind you [discarding them].
“When you see a thief, you are pleased with him and condone his behavior,
And you associate with adulterers.
“You give your mouth to evil
And your tongue frames deceit.
“You sit and speak against your brother;
You slander your own mother’s son.”
The world today, everything is upside down, evil is acceptable and expected. The Righteous are feared, ridiculed, rebuked, shunned.
Men act like Women, Women think they are Men.
They train up their children to hate authority, to question their own sex, to disrespect themselves and each other.
“These things you have done and I kept silent;
You thought that I was just like you.
Now I will reprimand and denounce you and state the case in order before your eyes.
“Now consider this, you who forget God,
Or I will tear you in pieces, and there will be no one to rescue [you].”
Here, once again… offering one more chance to change their way. To turn to and accept His Gift of Mercy and Grace, Salvation…
“He who offers a sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving honors Me;
And to him who orders his way rightly [who follows the way that I show him],
I shall show the salvation of God.”
This last verse, is a wonderful Praise song. (In KJV).
We really should learn and lift it up to the Lord.
Psalm: 50. 23.
“Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.”
Our Praise glorifies, lifts up, exalts the Lord. Tells Him we know He is: “The mighty One, God, the Lord:“
Praise, and the word of our confession:
Asaph was a Levite and one of the leaders of David’s choir. He was the head of one of the three families permanently in charge of the temple music.
His family formed a guild that bore his name and is frequently mentioned (2 Chr 20:14; 29:13, 30). Twelve psalms (50; 73-83) are attributed in the titles to the family of Asaph.
A hundred and twenty-eight of Asaph’s family members, all singers, came back from Babylon and took part when the foundations of Zerubbabel’s temple were laid (Ezra 2:41; 3:10).
Psalm 50:11 Or in my mind; lit with Me.