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1 (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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

8 I will not reprove thee for thy sacrifices or thy burnt offerings, to have been continually before me.

9 I will take no bullock out of thy house, nor he goats out of thy folds.

10 For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills.

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.

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

14 Offer unto God thanksgiving; 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.

16 But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth?

17 Seeing thou hatest instruction, and castest my words behind thee.

18 When thou sawest a thief, then thou consentedst with him, and hast been partaker with adulterers.

19 Thou givest thy mouth to evil, and thy tongue frameth deceit.

20 Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother; thou slanderest thine own mother's son.

21 These 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.

22 Now consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver.

23 Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.

Commentary for Psalms 50

The glory of God. (1-6) Sacrifices to be changed for prayers. (7-15) Sincere obedience required. (16-23)

1-6 This psalm is a psalm of instruction. It tells of the coming of Christ and the day of judgment, in which God will call men to account; and the Holy Ghost is the Spirit of judgement. All the children of men are concerned to know the right way of worshipping the Lord, in spirit and in truth. In the great day, our God shall come, and make those hear his judgement who would not hearken to his law. Happy are those who come into the covenant of grace, by faith in the Redeemer's atoning sacrifice, and show the sincerity of their love by fruits of righteousness. When God rejects the services of those who rest in outside performances, he will graciously accept those who seek him aright. It is only by sacrifice, by Christ, the great Sacrifice, from whom the sacrifices of the law derived what value they had, that we can be accepted of God. True and righteous are his judgments; even sinners' own consciences will be forced to acknowledge the righteousness of God.

7-15 To obey is better than sacrifice, and to love God and our neighbour better than all burnt-offerings. We are here warned not to rest in these performances. And let us beware of resting in any form. God demands the heart, and how can human inventions please him, when repentance, faith, and holiness are neglected? In the day of distress we must apply to the Lord by fervent prayer. Our troubles, though we see them coming from God's hand, must drive us to him, not drive us from him. We must acknowledge him in all our ways, depend upon his wisdom, power, and goodness, and refer ourselves wholly to him, and so give him glory. Thus must we keep up communion with God; meeting him with prayers under trials, and with praises in deliverances. A believing supplicant shall not only be graciously answered as to his petition, and so have cause for praising God, but shall also have grace to praise him.

16-23 Hypocrisy is wickedness, which God will judge. And it is too common, for those who declare the Lord's statutes to others, to live in disobedience to them themselves. This delusion arises from the abuse of God's long-suffering, and a wilful mistake of his character and the intention of his gospel. The sins of sinners will be fully proved on them in the judgment of the great day. The day is coming when God will set their sins in order, sins of childhood and youth, of riper age and old age, to their everlasting shame and terror. Let those hitherto forgetful of God, given up to wickedness, or in any way negligent of salvation, consider their urgent danger. The patience of the Lord is very great. It is the more wonderful, because sinners make such ill use of it; but if they turn not, they shall be made to see their error when it is too late. Those that forget God, forget themselves; and it will never be right with them till they consider. Man's chief end is to glorify God: whoso offers praise, glorifies him, and his spiritual sacrifices shall be accepted. We must praise God, sacrifice praise, put it into the hands of the Priest, our Lord Jesus, who is also the altar: we must be fervent in spirit, praising the Lord. Let us thankfully accept God's mercy, and endeavour to glorify him in word and deed.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 50

  • Lynxx on Psalms 50
    Daily Reading

    Proverbs 10

    Psalm 46 - 50
  • Fausto B Agonias on Psalms 50
    when does christianity was begin and what are the books written by apostle paul.
  • Chris - in Reply on Psalms 50
    Christianity of course began with Jesus Christ and after His death, resurrection & ascension into Heaven. The word 'Christian' was at first a derogatory term given by unbelievers to this new 'religious' following: people of The Way (Acts 9:2, 24:14): in reference to the (new) way they lived. They were also called 'Christians', or Christ's ones/people, first in Antioch (Acts 11:26). We continue to be called Christians today as just another religious group. But unlike other 'religious' groups, it is only through faith & trust in Jesus Christ, we receive new life (a re-birth), whereas in other religions, they have to apply self effort or self pain to try to gain God's favour & paradise. Sad.
  • Mishael - in Reply on Psalms 50
    FAUSTO: in the KJV Bible, most of the chapters give a brief historical comment on what was happening; some mention the writer of them. There are reference Bibles that have a lot more information.

    I used to skim through too lol, but now I read those first.
  • Kevin Mack on Psalms 50
    What a great psalm to read and pray daily. Keeps you in perspective of who God is vs those who are trying to destroy our way of life. Verse 15 gives me the victory I need daily and right this second. Was today's word on line. (4/14/2020).
  • Solomon on Psalms 50
    This is my testimony before God justified me: I was not raised in church and neither did I believe in the Lord God. I thought I was a pretty good fellow But I was still a sinner. But thank God that one day he crossed my path with Jesus of Nazareth! Ever since I accepted him my entire life has changed because I am no longer a wicked sinner, but am saved by his grace! Though I am not perfect and still deserve to rot in Hell, I can say with full assurance that I am on my way to Heaven. I pray that God would open your eyes to His salvation and save you! Call upon the name of JESUS, bow before him as the king and Lord of your life. Repent of your ways and be born again. The LORD(Jesus) loves you!
  • Solomon on Psalms 50
    Hey Teresa, I can not tell you all that salvation means in a short paragraph but know that Salvation is by one name, JESUS CHRIST. He and the Father are one and you must call upon Christ to save you From Sin, Death, and Hell for he payed the ultimate price and suffered for all men that we may be saved! I am glad that you believe in God! But be careful for many may claim to believe but are not truly saved (James 2:19). I encourage you to read Ephesians 2:8 and really that whole chapter! Also a simple way to explain salvation is that you must Hear the word (Rom. 10:17) and then Believe (John 3:16). Repent (Acts 17:30), and Confess that he is LORD (Rom. 10:10).
  • Teresa noles on Psalms 50
    I was not raised to go to church, but I do believe in God. I try to read the bible daily and have so many questions. what does it mean to be saved what do I have to do
  • Chris - in Reply on Psalms 50
    With the uncertainty of life & what the next day or hour brings, your pressing enquiry to Christ's salvation offer, comes at the right time. Many people say they believe in God & that is enough. But that is not enough, as even the apostle James reminds us in James 2:19, "Thou believest there is one God; thou doest well; the devils also believe, and tremble". And the devil & his demons know that their time is short (Rev 12:12) and it is a fearful thing to fall into the Hands of the Living God (Heb 10:31). You are near to God because you love Him & want to know His Way of Salvation - the devil also knows the way but will never take it & tries his hardest to prevent others doing so. God bless.
  • Fred scanlan - in Reply on Psalms 50
    1 Peter 4:17 "Judgment begins at the house of God","The fields are white and ready for harvest". Satan final days are very near. There is nothing hid that shall not be revealed. Christ calls all people to come and eat of the bread of life, and drink of his body his blood shed for the sins of the world.There is salvation in none other. Eternal life awaits those who believe His word. In the last days God will pour out His spirit upon all flesh. Will you be able to receive it If you are not sure of these things than how will you believe in heavenly things. There is ONE intercessor between God and man, the man Christ Jesus. Read Job. Satan has no power than what is given from above! confess Him


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