Read: Psalm 50:1 – 6; Hebrews 12:29
Psalm 49 presented a picture of man in his pomp and materialistic glory, destined for oblivion. In contrast, Psalm 50 presents God in His eternal glory. Verses 1 – 6 reveal God as a mighty judge. Asaph the psalmist appeals to God not to remain silent, and pictures God coming with fire devouring before Him (see also Hebrews 12:29).
Think About It: How does this picture of God make me feel? To what extent is it comforting, and why? To what extent is it frightening, and why? How does this Psalm enrich my understanding of God?
Prayer: For greater capacity to grasp the more difficult and awesome aspects of God.
Read: Psalm 50:7-15; 1 Peter 4:17 – 18
God begins by judging His own people. This same concept is repeated in 1 Peter 4:17.
Think About It: Why does God’s judgment begin with those who belong to Him, with those who are “saved“? How is that judgment different from God’s judgment on the “wicked”? Is this judgment of God’s people something that happens later, or is it happening now?
Prayer: For greater sensitivity to God’s daily scrutiny of my life, and a willingness to respond quickly to conviction.
Read: Psalm 50:10-12; Psalm 24:1; 1 Corinthians 10:26
Psalm 50:10 – 12 reminds us that God is the owner of all things.
Think About It: What does this tell me about the concept of personal property? How does God’s ownership relate to the concept of stewardship? See 1 Corinthians 4:1-2. Am I ready to give an account of my stewardship to the Owner?
Prayer: That I might be a faithful steward of all that God has entrusted to me.
Read: Psalm 50: 14 -15; Romans 12:1; Hebrews 13:5
God does not need our sacrifices, since everything belongs to Him. Nevertheless, He says we are to offer sacrifices of thanksgiving, pay our vows to Him, and call upon Him in the day of trouble.
Think About It: Am I regular and faithful in giving thanks to God for all the ways in which He has blessed me? What has God done for me recently that deserves praise and thanksgiving?
Prayer: Thank God for His blessings in my life.
Read: Psalm 50:14 -15; Ecclesiastes 5:4 – 5
God says that He requires that we pay our vows to Him. A vow is any promise we have ever made to God. God does not require us to make vows to Him, but He does accept such vows and He requires of us that we keep them.
Think About It: Have I ever made a promise to God that I have not kept? What do I need to do about this?
Prayer: For wisdom in making promises and for God’s grace to keep them.
Read: Psalm 50:14-15; Isaiah 55:6; 58:9; Zechariah 13:9; James 5:13
One of the things that God requires of us is that we call on Him in the day of trouble. What a wonderful requirement! His promise is that He will then rescue us and give us reason to honor Him.
Think About It: What kind of trouble am I in right now? Have I asked for God’s help in this matter?
Prayer: For help in my time of trouble.
Read: Psalm 50:16-23; Romans 2:1 – 5; 11:33; 2 Peter 3:9
After God judges His own people, He will judge the wicked.
Think About It: What charges does God bring against the wicked in Psalms 50:16 – 20? What is the fate of the unrepentant, wicked person? Is there any hope for the wicked? God says He has maintained silence, up until now, about the sins of the wicked. What conclusion did the wicked draw from this? According to 2 Peter 3:9, why does God delay judgment on the wicked?
Prayer: For the salvation of someone I know who needs to come to repentance and faith and escape God’s judgment.