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Psalm 50: God has called, God is calling

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The psalm begins with a declaration: God spoke. Even more amazing: God still speaks. He has called to all people in the earth at all times and is continually calling. His loveliness and His light have shined forth. God is coming and he will not keep silence.

But what is God calling for? How is He calling? He is calling in anger, and in righteous fiery fury. He is going to judge his people.

At first, it isn't clear if He is specifically talking about His people, Israel, or if He is talking about judging all the people of earth. It seems to be a call to both, and those who are His holy ones seem to be people gathered from all the earth as well as people in Israel.

God calls to those who have made a covenant/alliance/relationship with Him by sacrifice. He calls to those who have rejected His instruction. Those who have not given him thanksgiving or glory, and those who have trusted in Him.

The mouth in Scripture often represents the soul of a person because "out of the fullness of the heart, the mouth speaks." The mouth shows what is in the heart. The wicked have used their mouths wrongly against family, friends, and God. God even has to defend His righteousness to them. This is a common theme, shown in the epistle to Jude also, where God defends himself against those who say unrighteous, complaining, murmuring, judgmental words against Him.

God has shown His instruction and many humans have rejected His Word in Scripture or in their conscience. God does not desire sacrifices because everything on earth belongs to Him. He desires clean hearts and clean lips. Can mouths which have insulted God speak His words?

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine.

12If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof.

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

14Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High:

15And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.

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

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

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

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

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

21These 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.

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

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

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