Psalm 50 magnifies the condition of our souls as God calls a cosmic court session and charges His people with superficial religion and hypocrisy.
Scripture: Psalm 50
- Psalm 50 is God’s word of judgment to His people.
- This Psalm, in particular, magnifies the condition of our souls.
- God calls a cosmic court session, charges His people with superficial religion and hypocrisy, and He then calls them back to repentance and true worship.
- God catches the attention His people in a theophany (v1-6): the mighty One, the Lord, summons His people and puts them on trial and the creation is called to witness.
- God’s charge against His people is righteous and true.
- The Lord is continually judging and inspecting his church (Rev. 1:13-16; Rev. 2-3 cf. Dan. 7:9-10).
- We each need to examine ourselves as God’s diagnostic word comes to us in Psalm 50 (cf. 2 Cor. 13:5).
- Israel had all the outward religious performances right, but they didn’t love God truly (cf. Deut. 6:4-6).
- If we are not worshipping God rightly, God calls us to praise, to pray, and to make an offering of thanksgiving (Ps. 50:14-15 cf. Lev. 7:11-15; Ps. 66:13-19).
- We are to testify to God’s goodness, and declare that the mercies of God are new every morning (Lam. 3:22-23).
- The Lord’s Supper–the Eucharist–is to be a frequent meal of thanksgiving.
- God indicts His people for hating discipline and casting His words away (Ps. 50:17 cf. Isa. 29:13; 2 Tim. 3:15-17).
- The hypocrite fits in well with unbelieving friends. He has only good things to say to the unbeliever.
- The Lord warns that he will destroy us if we don’t repent (Ps. 50:22 cf. Rev. 3:16)
- God promises His salvation to those who show their repentance in thanksgiving, who order their lives rightly, and who love the discipline of God’s word.
- Only as we receive God’s mercy and grace are we able to repent and declare God’s praises (1 Pet. 2:9-10)
- Our example is the tax collector who stands far off beating his breast and asking God to be merciful to him (Luke 18:9-14).
- We are called to love God as we receive God's love: while we were still sinners Christ died for us.
- What are the main themes of Psalm 50?
- In what ways is the modern church practicing superficial religion?
- What should be our attitude and response when we are among godless company?
- Do unbelievers ask us for the reason for our hope? Why or why not?
- How have we slipped into a religion of outward performance? How does Psalm 50 direct us to be delivered from our error?
- How can we receive God’s forgiveness?