A Psalm of Asaph. The Mighty One, God the Lord, has spoken and called the earth from the rising of the sun to its going down. Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God will shine forth. Our God shall come, and shall not keep silent; a fire shall devour before Him, and it shall be very tempestuous all around Him. He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that He may judge His people: Gather My saints together to Me, those who have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice. Let the heavens declare His righteousness, for God Himself is Judge. [Selah]
Hear, O My people, and I will speak, O Israel, and I will testify against you; I am God, your God! I will not rebuke you for your sacrifices or your burnt offerings, which are continually before Me. I will not take a bull from your house, nor goats out of your folds. For every beast of the forest is Mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. I know all the birds of the mountains, and the wild beasts of the field are Mine. If I were hungry, I would not tell you; for the world is Mine, and all its fullness. Will I eat the flesh of bulls, or drink the blood of goats? Offer to God thanksgiving, and pay your vows to the Most High. Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.
But to the wicked God says: What right have you to declare My statutes, or take My covenant in your mouth, seeing you hate instruction and cast My words behind you? When you saw a thief, you consented with him, and have been a partaker with adulterers. You give your mouth to evil, and your tongue frames deceit. You sit and speak against your brother; you slander your own mother’s son. These things you have done, and I kept silent; you thought that I was altogether like you; but I will rebuke you, and set them in order before your eyes. Now consider this, you who forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver: Whoever offers praise glorifies Me; and to him who orders his conduct aright I will show the salvation of God. (Psalm 50
I Am God Your God
There is much I would like to know about Asaph. He is one of the writers of the psalms and his testimony in Psalm 50 is remarkable for its trumpet call of God’s nature and our frailty. He begins by declaring God as the MIGHTY ONE without comparison to anything in this world. Creation cries out for the majesty of His wondrous works. The voice of the Lord shrieks through the heavens in judgment on those who refuse to worship Him. There is none like Him.
How can we compare to the Almighty? We make sacrifice but what is that to him? He owns everything. Nothing we have is truly ours. All the animals are His. The land is His. The sky is His. Our breath comes from Him and when we die it returns to Him. Every star has His name on it and He has a name for every star. Each molecule of our life is dependent upon the mercy of God. Who do we think we are? “I am God, your God,” declares our Maker.
Do the wicked think they escape the notice of the Maker? How foolish to think we can pull the wool over His eyes. We commit vile things in life and hope no one knows. GOD KNOWS. He sees all, hears all, understands everything we do and when the night is the darkest it is but midday sun for Him. We have to stop thinking that God is like us because there is no comparison by which to measure how tiny we are. We are small. He made us small so we can see how great He is. Thank you Asaph for reminding me of how great my God is. Oh God how large your ocean and tiny my boat. Thank you God for loving me.