Psalm 50: Verses 7-14 Be thankful!

Psalms Chapter 50: Verses 7-14 The God Of Justice #Freedom #NoMoreImprisonment #Chainsofdarkness #Flea #SpiritualAccountability (Unless otherwise cited this devotional is from the King James Version-Psalms 50 mainly because it is public domain.) But read this Psalm in THE MESSAGE  for clarity of the Genre.)

 

Hear, O my people, and I will speak; O Israel, and I will testify against thee: I am God, even thy God.

God is speaking to His chosen people. He tells them to listen to Him! And I will speak.” First, He accuses them of not knowing that He is the “I AM!” (Exodus 3:16 ). O Israel, and I will testify against thee:” He is telling them that He will not do it behind their backs. He will not just talk to the prophets about His people. He will tell them about themselves by having the prophets relay the message. He is the Judge, Jury, and Sentencer! They are in court and they cannot appeal his verdict. Psalm 81:8-10 chronicles their behavior. “Listen, dear ones—get this straight; O Israel, don’t take this lightly. Don’t take up with strange gods, don’t worship the latest in gods. I’m God, your God, the very God who rescued you from doom in Egypt, Then fed you all you could eat, filled your hungry stomachs.”

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.

Now He gets to the nitty-gritty of their behavior.  There are times when we seem to think that if we throw money at causes, people, the church, or even things that we are “doing God a favor!” Well, we are not. Israel kept the letter of the law. However, they had no relationship with Him. They didn’t worship HIm in spirit and in truth. They were demonstrating a form of religion but they were denying the POWER of the God whom they were worshipping. 2 Timothy 3 Verse 9. He does not want anything from us or from them. WHY?

10 For every beast of the forest is mineand the cattle upon a thousand hills. [This indicates that all of the cattle in the entire world belongs to God.] 11 I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine. 12  If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof.

Everything belongs to Him anyway! We cannot bribe God into blessing us. We may want to make a name for ourselves by proclaiming that He has blessed us and therefore we give away 30% of our income to others. When we do that we are appealing to our egos. These verses mean a lot to ranchers because they know what it means to lose animals. They also know that their animals are priceless when there is a drought or a drop in the economy. 

13 Will I eat the flesh of bulls, or drink the blood of goats?

In other words, God does not have an appetite that He must appease. He is not like human beings who are always looking for people’s approval. He is GOD! So, what does He wants us to do for our own benefit? 

14 Offer unto God thankgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High: 15 And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.

When we were called to worship Him and share His gospel message with the entire world what did he ask us of us? Be thankful, and put Him first in our lives! Not recognition, not people, not things, not mini gods, but HIM! When we do that He will do what for us?

Hebrews 13:15 (MSG)

“13-15 So let’s go outside, where Jesus is, where the action is—not trying to be privileged insiders, but taking our share in the abuse of Jesus. This “insider world” is not our home. We have our eyes peeled for the City about to come. Let’s take our place outside with Jesus, no longer pouring out the sacrificial blood of animals but pouring out sacrificial praises from our lips to God in Jesus’ name.

What are vow today? How does this translate to Christian?

2 Corinthians 9:7 Talks to us about our responsibilities as Christians.

Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.”

When I was working I wondered why so many churches were closing their doors. I also wondered why did so many pastors in my area of the world have to be bi-vocational pastors. It was not until I became ill and went to seminary that I comprehended the fact that many of us who are called by His name deny His ministering servant the opportunity to give all of their time to ministry. For me working a full or part-time job is NOT an option. Even though I have a very limited income I still give a tithe to my church. Why? 

Matthew 25:14-30 (NIV): The Parable of the Bags of Gold

14 “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. 15 To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 16 The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. 17 So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. 18 But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.

19 “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20 The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’

21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

22 “The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’

23 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

24 “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’

26 “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.

Jesus’ explanation of the talents

28 “‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. 29 For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

“I have been given much!” I may not have as much to give now, but if I am going to give any money away it will go first to the “kingdom Mission” of God before I give it to charities. Pastor give of their substance, time, and well being to the ministry of God. The least we can do is to give 10% of the 100% that God gives us back to His work. I am thankful for His provision. At the end of each month, I wonder if I will get to the end of the month. Somehow I do. I am thankful for that. Does that mean that the ministry does not solicit donation? Yes, we do! There is a lot more that I could do for others if we had more donation.

This is the season to be thankful. So, I am thankful for all that He has done and is going to do for me!

Psalms Chapter 50:Verses 1-6

Psalms Chapter 50: The God Of Justice #Freedom #NoMoreImprisonment #Chainsofdarkness #Flea (Unless otherwise cited this devotional is from the King James Version-Psalms 50 mainly because it is public domain.) But read this Psalm in THE MESSAGE  for clarity of the Genre.)

Context

This psalm is not a prayer. It is a divine edict from God. God talks to humanity, but specifically to His covenant people, Israel. Psalm 50 reads like a prophetic message more than anything else. God brings charges against Israel. The charges are levied against those who pretend that they are obeying Him by offering sacrifices; however, they choose to break the law in other areas. He calls them back to proper covenant observance while praising those who do obey him.

  1. Day 1: Introduction: This is who I am and what I look like, Israel: verses 1-6.
  2.  The Supreme Court Judgment of God verses 7-21
    1. First Charge: Ritualistic Worship verses 7-15
    2. Second Charge: A Rebellious Attitude verses 6-21.
  3. III. God offers a Solution: verses 22-23

(A Psalm of Asaph.) The mighty God, even the LORD, hath spoken, and called the earth from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof.

In the Hebrew “Mighty God” “אלוהים אדירים” or “el” Elohim reads El, Elohim, Jehovah. Could the use of these names for God used with a singular verb in some way be saying the same thing as is mentioned in 1 John?

1 John 5:7 “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.”

Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined.

Only one perfect being has come out of Zion. That person was Jesus Christ Our Lord. NO human being can claim perfection. The book of Revelation chronicles that Jesus resides in all churches who profess that Jesus Christ is the Messiah and Savior of this world. As such, the church shines like a lighthouse beacon into the darkness of this world.  Every time the word of God is shared with this sin-sick world light emanates to all who hear, see, or read it. 

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He is the perfection of beauty. 

  • Ps. 48:2 “Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.
  • Lam. 2:15 “All that pass by clap their hands at thee; they hiss and wag their head at the daughter of Jerusalem, saying, Is this the city that men call The perfection of beauty, The joy of the whole earth?”

Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about him.

When our God returns to this earth the world will be terrified. So much so that it will attempt to “fight” with God. His appearance signals a time of judgment for all people. He is preceded by a storm and consuming fire. See Dt. 4:24; 9:3; Isa. 66:16; Heb. 12:29 (The Message). Scripture compares his judgment to a consuming fire. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17  submits a scenario that describes the return of The Lord. “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive [and still here on this earth].. shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”

We have a lot to look forward to. We must remain focused on the big picture which is God’s Kingdom Mission. Put aside all of the plethoras that the devil is throwing at the church to place its focus on anything BUT GOD and the gospel.

When a farmer wants to produce something with his land first, he plows the field. Then he scatters the good seed on the ground. Then it feeds the grain with the minerals from the soil, but without water and sunlight, the seed WILL NOT germinate. So it is with us and the dissemination of the gospel. God wants the church to produce fruit. He sent His Son as the Farmer. He prepared his people for the message of the good news. But the soil was not fertile. So, He added the fertilizer/minerals of the blood of Jesus Christ, and the booster of the Holy Spirit. Then he sent workers out into the field with the seeds of His holy word. That would be the writing of the NT Canon.

Hebrews 12:29 pronounced that  “For our God [is – present tense] a consuming fire.”

He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that he may judge his people.

Cayce provided us with some historical information that clarifies this verse for us.

“The Targum interprets this of the angels above on high, and of the righteous on the earth below. And so Aben Ezra, Kimchi, and Ben Melech, explain it of the angels of heaven, and of the inhabitants of the earth” (Cayce 2018, Psalm 50:4).

That he may judge his people” Note that neither the “heavens and the earth’ nor the inhabitants of either the heavens nor the earth”  judge God’s people. When God corrects His children, He does so in love.

When he vindicates them and avenges them on their enemies, and when he protects and saves them. Peter speaks about how God judges “his own family.”  1 Peter 4:17-19It’s judgment time for God’s own family. We’re first in line. If it starts with us, think what it’s going to be like for those who refuse God’s Message! If good people barely make it, What’s in store for the bad? So if you find life difficult because you’re doing what God said, take it in stride. Trust him. He knows what he’s doing, and he’ll keep on doing it.”

There is only one judge of all in heaven and earth, and that is Jesus Christ. See Matthew 7:21-23 “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?” “And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

There are times when I look at things that are posted in social media and I just sit at the computer and shake my head. I cannot believe that we could be so comdemning towards others. I don’t worry about what the ungodly state in social media. However, I am shocked at the name calling and finger pointing that I see in social media from people who are my brothers and sisters in Christ. Lat night was one of those instances. There was a very negative and inflammatory post about Ms. Obama’s book. The putrid names that folks used in their address of Ms. Obama shocked my socks off. I had to unfollow several people. I just did not want that toxicity to enter into my mind. God knows her heart. How dare we condemn anyone? However, people can condemn themselves by their usage of words.  We will be held accountable for the words that we type and speak to others.  It appears that we forgot this Scripture.

Make the Master proud of you by being good citizens. Respect the authorities, whatever their level; they are God’s emissaries for keeping order. It is God’s will that by doing good, you might cure the ignorance of the fools who think you’re a danger to society. Exercise your freedom by serving God, not by breaking the rules. Treat everyone you meet with dignity. Love your spiritual family. Revere God. Respect the government. 1 Peter 2:15-16 MSG

Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.

 When I read this verse about “gathering my saints,” I visualize a mother hen gathering her chicks. Scripture talks about “the angel using the sickle” to reap the harvest.

Harvest Time
Revelation 14:15-16 “I looked up, I caught my breath!—a white cloud and one like the Son of Man sitting on it. He wore a gold crown and held a sharp sickle. Another Angel came out of the Temple, shouting to the Cloud-Enthroned, “Swing your sickle and reap. It’s harvest time. Earth’s harvest is ripe for reaping.” The Cloud-Enthroned gave a mighty sweep of his sickle, began harvesting earth in a stroke.” Christians today do not need to be concerned about  making “a covenant with [Him] by sacrifice.” Why? Christ is our living Passover sacrifice! Thank you, Jesus!

And the heavens shall declare his righteousness: for God is judge himself. Selah.

The inhabitants of heaven inhabitants will testify of the “justice of God.”  of the sentence or will approve the sentence. Verse 4 “He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that he may judge his people.” Selah  means “pause and think on these things.”

 

 

Psalms Chapter 49:13-20

 

Psalms Chapter 49:13-20  (Unless otherwise cited this devotional is from the King James Version-Psalms 49 mainly because it is public domain.) But read this Psalm in the NIV for clarity of the Genre.)

Context – reiterated.

Psalm 49 is considered by many to be a wisdom psalm because it embodies many features of wisdom literature. Most importantly the psalmist addressed a question that people have asked throughout the ages. Why do the wicked people seem to prosper and the righteous appear to be in need? The psalmist iterated that the ungodly rich person does come to an unpleasant end. The statement that is a repeated refrain is evident in verses 12 and 20. Psalm 49 has several parts. Today we will look at verses 13-20 to the Psalm! 

  • 13 This their way is their folly: yet their posterity approve their sayings. Selah.
  • 14 Like sheep they are laid in the grave; death shall feed on them; and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their beauty shall consume in the grave from their dwelling.

Theologians believe that this verse is talking about a wealthy father and his son. It is crucial that we comprehend that being rich is not the issue in this psalm. The psalm is addressing reliance on riches on providing you with the type of happiness and contentment that comes from God. Cayce argues that the father and the son both die in their “folly” (Cayce 2018, Psalm 49:13). Longman offers further insight into the importance of the concepts embedded in this Psalm. 

Most of this stanza drives home the lesson that the riches of the wicked will not save them from death. They trust themselves (not God), so rather than God as their shepherd guiding them through life, personified death will lead them. God leads his sheep through ‘the darkest valley’ (including death; Psalm 23:4 “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” ); death leads its sheep to the slaughter and ultimately to Sheol, the underworld. 

Glimpses of the afterlife are rare in the Old Testament, but the psalmist here certainly affirms that, in the case of the upright, and specifically himself, death will not have the ultimate say. While no-one (wise or foolish) can pay a ransom for their life or the life of another, God can pay that ransom ( God will redeem me ) and free a person from the realm of the dead. The psalmist’s perspective here is reflected by the sage in Proverbs 11:4: ‘Riches do not profit on the day of fury, but righteousness will extricate from death.’ 13. 12. By amending ‘brother’ ( ’ā ḥ ) to ‘surely’ ( ’ak ), the reb renders: ‘Alas! (Longman 2014, 215).

This is a sticky subject. We do not want to understand that throwing money at people will not change their mindset. Giving money to support the gospel is one thing. Giving it to make one feel good about themselves is another thing all together.

15 But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me. Selah.

In this verse, the psalmist tells the reader about his confidence in God and His promises of life eternal for His people. It is a rare thing to read about the afterlife in the Old Testament. The people did not know about the Messiah dying for the remission of their sins. It is apparent that God revealed His plans for humanity to the writer of this Psalm. The New Testament tells us that believers in Christ will be resurrected.  Not only will they be resurrected, but they will reign with Him in His kingdom.

A Brief Commentary on the Apocalypse — Sylvester Bliss

  • Revelation 20:4-5  “And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
  • Bliss stated  “Thrones” are symbols of power. As the saints are to reign with Christ on the renewed earth, in obedience to the invitation: “Come ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world,”
  • Matthew 25:34 [Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world”]; Bliss continued “their being inducted into the kingdom is symbolized by their being seated on thrones.”
  • Revelation 5:9 The saints sing a “new song,” to Christ: “And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.” Death and hell has no power over the saints of God.
  • Matthew 16:18 “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
  • Revelation 20:6 “Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.” Please understand that the psalmist is not saying that all “rich” people are ungodly. However, it is common for the rich to rely on their wealth as their source of strength. 

16 Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased; 17 For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall not descend after him. 18 Though while he lived he blessed his soul: and men will praise thee, when thou doest well to thyself. 19 He shall go to the generation of his fathers; they shall never see light. 

It is interesting that the psalmist makes this statement because Jesus told a parable about this very thing.

Luke 12:  15- 21 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

20 Man that is in honour, and understandeth not, is like the beasts that perish.

Note that verse 20 clarifies the conditions that make a rich man a foolish man who dies like an animal without any hope. However, scripture talks about the hope of true believers.

  • Gen. 5:24 “And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.”
  • 2 Kings 2:10 “And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so.” Elijah disappears from the earth and is never seen again.
  • Psalm 73:24 “Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.” David, one of the wealthiest kings on earth, during his time, speaks about where he is going after he dies. David is not talking about having a long life here on earth. He is talking about a life forever with God. He is not concerned about the fact that the ungodly rich will die because he knows that they take nothing with them when they do die, and they do nowhere after they die.
  • Heb. 11:5 “By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.” How do we explain these scriptures? We live by faith and faith alone. One cannot use the scientific method to explain the richness of the mystery of God’s love for His children.

What is your hope after you die? Will you be a bride of the King of King and the Lord of Lord? Or, will you be one of those people to whom he says “Depart from me, I know you not!”

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