Thanksgiving and Ordering our Way

“You shall understand this, ones who forget God, lest I tear you and there be nothing to deliver: he glorifies me who makes a sacrifice of thanksgiving and who orders his way; I will show him the salvation of God. (Psalm 50:22-23) It comes across as a broken record, but lest we forget the significance… Read More

What do You do with Sin in the Church?

“If you see a thief, you are accepting of him and you have a portion with adulterers. You address your mouth to evil and your tongue joins in deceit. You sit to speak against your brother and your mother’s son you slander.” (Psalm 50:18-20) Remember once again, God is not rebuking the pagan unbeliever here,… Read More

Reciting the Catechism

“Yet, to the wicked, God says, ‘What is it to you to recite my statutes or to take up my covenant on your lips? For you hate training and you throw away my words after you.” (Psalm 50:16-17) When you remember that God is speaking to his covenant people, these words ought to make you… Read More

A Sacrifice of Thanksgiving

“Do I eat the flesh of the mighty? Do I drink the blood of goats? Sacrifice to God thanksgiving and make peace with the Most High with your vows. Call to me in the day of trouble and I will deliver you and you shall honor me.” (Psalm 50:13-15) And thus, the desire of God… Read More

Sacrifices Acceptable to God

“It is not over your sacrifices that I reprove you; your offerings are before me continually. I will not take a bull from your house or from the folds of your goats. For all of the animals of the forest belong to me along with the beasts on a thousand mountains. I know all of… Read More

Judgment, Justification, and a Witness against Us

“Listen to me, my people, and I will speak — Israel, and I will witness against you; I am God, your God.” (Psalm 50:7) The Apostle Paul writes in Romans 8:33: “Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect?” Indeed! Who can do so? Only God himself! And this is exactly what we find God… Read More

The Heavens Announce God’s Righteousness

“The heavens announce His righteousness — for God, He is the judge! Selah!” (Psalm 50:6) As the courtroom scene develops, the heavens now find themselves in a double roll. Not only are they contending with the people of God as a witness to man’s wickedness, but now they stand as a kind of bailiff, announcing… Read More

The Judgment Seat of Christ

“Harvest to me my godly ones; ones who cut a covenant with me by sacrifice.” (Psalm 50:5) One thing that many Christians misunderstand is the idea of judgment. And here, I am not speaking about the judgment of the ungodly under God’s wrath, but even of the believer. Paul reminds us in 2 Corinthians 5:10… Read More

The Testimony of Heaven and Earth

“He calls to the heavens from above and to the earth to contend with his people.” (Psalm 50:4) The structure of this passage is much like that of a court case. And though God is always true and none can contend against him, as he is just, he follows his own rules and guidelines. Indeed,… Read More

Our God is a Consuming Fire

“Our God comes; he is not deaf! Fire devours that which is before him. All around him there is a mighty whirlwind.” (Psalm 50:3) What you read here are words of power and might — words that are designed to instill awe in us and to inspire us to worship. How often worship is self-centered… Read More

Perfect in Beauty

“From Zion, from that which is made perfect in beauty, God shines forth.” (Psalm 50:2) The majority of translations render this a little more idiomatically, “From Zion, the perfection of beauty…” and such is a perfectly legitimate way to render the phrase מִכְלַל־יֹפִי (miklal-yopiy). Clearly the psalmist is praising God and celebrating the place of… Read More

God’s Preaching

“A Psalm of Asaph.  God, the Great God, Yahweh! He commands and proclaims to the earth from the rising sun unto its setting.” (Psalm 50:1) What an amazing beginning to this psalm. Literally it reads: אֵל אֱלֹהִים יהוח (El, Elohim, Yahweh) — three names of God, each getting more specific as it leads to the… Read More

A Written Record of His People

“Yahweh makes a record in writing of his people; ‘This one was born there.’ Selah!” (Psalm 87:6) Yahweh makes a record in writing of his people. Indeed. Such is language that anticipates what we know better as the Lamb’s Book of Life (Philippians 4:3; Revelation 3:5; 13:8;17:8; 20:12,15; 21:27). Yet, do not think of this… Read More

The Wedding Feast of the Lamb

“All glorious is the daughter of the King within, her robes with gold filigree. In colorfully embroidered robes she is led to the king with her virgin companions after her — coming to you. They are brought with jubilation and rejoicing as they enter the palace of the King.” (Psalm 45:14-16 {verses 13-15 in English})… Read More

The Glory of Christ and the glory of Man

“Hear, daughter, and see for yourself; incline your ear. Forget your people and the house of your father. The king will desire your beauty. Because he is your Lord, worship him. The daughter of Tyre will offer gifts before you; the wealthy people will appease you.” (Psalm 45:11-13 {verses 10-12 in English}) The language of… Read More

The Fragrance of Christ

“Your garments are scented with myrrh and aloes and cinnamon; from palaces of ivory, stringed instruments continually rejoice you. The daughters of kings are amongst your nobles; your queen stands at your right hand in gold from Ophir.” (Psalm 45:9-10 {verses 8-9 in English}) Here we have the King, the Messiah — we have Jesus,… Read More

My God Reigns

“Your throne, God, is forever and ever; a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of your kingdom.” (Psalm 45:7 {verse 6 in English}) Indeed, God rules forever and ever and his throne is eternal. As Isaiah writes: How beautiful on the mountains are the feet who brings good news, making peace heard — good news,… Read More

Weilding the Word in Victory

“In your majesty, mount your steed and charge with the word of truth, humility, and righteousness and your right hand instruct you in fearful things.” (Psalm 45:5 {verse 4 in English}) The word picture that is being portrayed here is that of the Messiah riding victoriously into battle with his sword held high. This is… Read More