Psalm 50 has the writer reminding us that God is in control. Asaph is the author of this psalm and he was a great singer and musician in David’s day. “The Mighty One, God the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting”. God is always there. Sun-up to sun-down and much more. He is in charge and the first three words of the Hebrew text emphasize that it is God who has spoken: El (= God), Elohim (= God), Yahweh (= Lord). Make no mistake – God is alive and speaking!
We are reminded that “God shines forth. Our God comes; he does not keep silence.” God is not a quiet God who sits idly on His throne disconnected from what is happening here on His earth. He has come to judge the world. He won’t remain silent. He will call each of us to give account. God will “judge his people….for God himself is judge!” The reality is that He will be judge over each one. We won’t slip by unnoticed, even if we’ve done all things well. We have to stand and face the Judge.
God is clear that He is more than judge, though. “I am God, your God”. He wants a personal relationship with you and me. He is our God – a God who loves us and knows us intimately. He also is far more than judge. “Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me”. God is active and alive and is our rock and hope. He is our Savior and Redeemer. He wants us to call to Him, not as a genie in a bottle, but as the Lord of the Universe and Creator of all. He will deliver us from evil and then we need to glorify Him.
He does call out one of our weaknesses. “For you hate discipline, and you cast my words behind you”. We don’t like to be corrected and held accountable. But it is the reality – God loves us enough to discipline us and He will correct our ways. We can make that less painful but not only reading but listening to and heeding His Word. He’s given us the roadmap for a happy and successful life. We merely need to read the map and follow it. There is a warning if we insist on doing things our way. “You who forget God….there be none to deliver! We will have to stand before Him. Are you ready?