Psalm 50 reminds us of the God we serve. He is the “Mighty One” who “speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting”. Here is the reality – God is in charge. He is in control. Everything that happens is His domain. We need to keep that in mind moment by moment. God makes it all happen. “Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth”. When we see beauty around us – it is because of God. He created it. He makes the sun shine and the moon glow. God alone is worthy of our praise. None of creation is a result of our work – it is all God.
God doesn’t really do it silently either. We just don’t listen or hear. We stick our fingers in our ears and ignore the truth. “Our God comes; he does not keep silence….He calls to the heavens above and to the earth…. The heavens declare his righteousness, for God himself is judge”! Did you catch that truth. God Himself is judge. There is no other. We spend a lot of life living to please other people, but we need to be living for an audience of One. God alone will be the judge. If we live in a way that pleases Him, quite honestly all the rest of life will fall into place and others will be tickled pink. But when we lose sight of the reality that we are on this planet to serve and glorify God we can spend a lot of time in the weeds missing the mark completely.
“I am God, your God”. He is personal. He wants a relationship with you and me as individuals – alive and interactive each and every day. And if you thought htat what you have is yours, think again. “For every beast of the forest is mine, the cattle on a thousand hills. I know all the birds of the hills, and all that moves in the field is mine….the world and its fullness are mine”. How much of what is around us belongs to God? All of it – every little detail is His. He created it. He owns it. He entrusts it to us to be stewards of. But it is all His. And when we lose sight of that we mess up how we live. God says we need to “perform your vows to the Most High, and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me”. We need to do what we are supposed to – love, worship, call out, glorify him – and let God do the hard part.
The psalmist gives us a couple other hints on how we should live. The first has to do with controlling our tongue. It can get us into trouble. We need to keep it reined in and under control. Rather than use it to “sit and speak against your brother….slander your own mother’s son” we need to use it to honor our God. God desires our worship and praise. He says it this way: “The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me; to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God”! What a change in our relationship this would make. To move from coming to God with a list of things we want from Him and problems we want Him to solve and blessings we want Him to give – to coming to Him with thanksgiving – calling out all that He has already done and how He has already blessed us. That is how we glorify Him – not by laying all our wants at His feet but by recalling and praising all that He has done. Are you a thankful Christ Follower? Do you come to the throne to let God know just how blessed you are by His goodness? We need to become grateful in our relationship for there is certainly plenty to be thankful for!