Saturday, April 18, 2009

Psalm 50

My two favorite verses in this psalm are:

Gather my saints together ....those who have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.
To him who ordereth his conversation aright, I will show the salvation of the Lord! Wow! Take that you folks who are against positive confession of God's promises!

The great thing about this psalm is that it shows us that so many of God's promises are conditional. There are demands that God makes before the promises are shown in our lives.

We have to learn to forgive in order to be forgiven.
We have to praise God before a promise comes in order to have the promise come into our lives.
Give and you shall receive.
When the spirit says "Gather my saints together" the reader is ready to think, "Okay, that's me!" But then the spirit qualifies those He calls His saints: "Those who have made a covenant with me by sacrifice."
Those who want to see God's salvation, must order their conversation aright.

This psalm is full of a long list of things the holy person should have done and didn't do -- "These things you have done and I kept silent."
Psalm 50

1The mighty God, even the LORD, hath spoken, and called the earth from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof.
2Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined.
3Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about him.
4He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that he may judge his people.
5Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.
6And the heavens shall declare his righteousness: for God is judge himself. Selah.
7Hear, O my people, and I will speak; O Israel, and I will testify against thee: I am God, even thy God.
8I will not reprove thee for thy sacrifices or thy burnt offerings, to have been continually before me.
9I will take no bullock out of thy house, nor he goats out of thy folds.
10For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills.
11I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine.
12If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof.
13Will I eat the flesh of bulls, or drink the blood of goats?
14Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High:
15And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.
16But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth?
17Seeing thou hatest instruction, and casteth my words behind thee.
18When thou sawest a thief, then thou consentedst with him, and hast been partaker with adulterers.
19Thou givest thy mouth to evil, and thy tongue frameth deceit.
20Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother; thou slanderest thine own mother's son.
21These 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.
22Now consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver.
23Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.

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