2nd April 2020
Psalm 50 is written by Asaph, a worship leader in the Temple in the time of King David. He hears God speaking to the whole world (v1). God is coming with 2 judgments. He shall judge His people (v7) & He shall judge the wicked, (v16). As He judges His people, He reminds us that He does not need our material sacrifices. We cannot put God in our debt, as if He “owes us”. He already owns everyone and everything in the whole world (v10-15).
So what does He want of us? In verses 14 to 15 He tells us through Asaph, “Sacrifice thank-offerings to God, fulfil your vows to the Most High, and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honour me. Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.”
The “day of trouble” in verse 15 is something we have today in common with the psalmist. Right now, we are all preoccupied with this new coronavirus and stopping its spread. It is disrupting our incomes and work, our education, our social activities, and even our church life. For some the cost is even higher, with loved ones acutely ill in hospital, sometimes fighting for life. This “day of trouble” is disrupting our daily lives in many ways. So what should we do? Verses 14-15 have the key. Call upon God, sacrifice thank-offerings to God, do what we promised to Him we would do, see His deliverance and give Him the glory!
God repeats this instruction in verse 23 with a promise; “He who sacrifices thank-offerings honours me and he prepares the way so that I may show him the salvation of God.” Today, bring sacrifices to God, that is to praise Him even when we do not feel like it. Give God the honour and He will show us His Salvation in Jesus afresh.