Psalms 50:5


“God is judge Himself”

Psalms 50:5-6 says “Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice. And the heavens shall declare His righteousness: for God is judge Himself. Selah.

Psalms 50 is a Psalms dealing with the judgment of God. Verse 5 talks about the rapture of the believers. We live in a world in which the saints of God are divided and scatted by persecution, by false doctrine and by the nature of the world in which we live. But the day is coming when the saints will be gathered together unto Jesus. What a great day that will be when there shall be a full unity of the believers in Jesus.

Who are the saints? This questioned is answered in the last part of verse 5 which says “those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.” The sacrifice spoken of here is not an animal sacrifice but the sacrifice of the life of Jesus on the cross of Calvary. There is one covenant and one sacrifice for sins and it is only found in the blood of Jesus Christ. This covenant by sacrifice is what makes a person a saint.

Psalms 50:6 says, “And the heavens shall declare his righteousness: for God is judge Himself. Selah.” There is always more to be revealed about the righteousness of God. After the rapture of the believers the heavens shall declare His righteousness for God is judge Himself.

This verse undoubtedly is a reference to the great judgments of the great tribulation. Jesus said in Luke 21:25, “There shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars.” When thinking of the great judgment of God which is yet to come upon this world and the righteousness of those judgments one should praise God and say Psalms 46:8, “Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations He hath made in the earth.

Psalms 50:7-15 says, “Hear, O my people, and I will speak; O Israel, and I will testify against thee: I am God, even thy God. I will not reprove thee for thy sacrifices or thy burnt offerings to have been continually before me. I will take no bullock out of thy house, nor he goats of thy folds. For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills. I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine. If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine and the fullness thereof.” Will I eat the flesh of bulls, or drink the blood of goats? Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most high: and call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliever thee, and thou shalt glorify Me.

These verses point out a very important truth about the animal sacrifices of the Old Testament. The animal sacrifices were purely symbolic. What God desired was that men would trust in the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. This is true and pure judgment.

Psalms 50:16-17 says, “But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldst take my covenant in thy mouth? Seeing thou hatest instruction, and castest my words behind thee.

The wicked of course are those who do not have Jesus Christ in their hearts. What is being said here is that the wicked do not understand the judgment of God. Of course they do not understand they do not listen to God’s Word.

In talking about the wicked the next several verses in Psalms go on to list some of the sins which are very commonly committed by unsaved people. Psalms 50:18- says, “When thou sawest a thief, then thou consentedst with him, and hast been partaker with adulterers. Thou givest thy mouth to evil, and thy tongue frameth deceit. Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother, thou slanderest thine own mother’s son.

Theft, adultery and evil speech are 3 of the sins mentioned. Notice that theft and adultery are mentioned together. A person who committed adultery with another man’s wife or another woman’s husband is a thief. Such a person steals honour, such a person steals joy, such a person steals love from another person’s life. Adultery is a horrible sin to commit. It destroys society.

In talking about the committing of these sins Psalms 50:21 says,  These things thou hath 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.” Remember Jesus kept silent when he stood accused even though He was innocent. But that was because he was judged for the sins of the world. When it comes times for God to judge there will be no silence on the part of God. This is why it says of the great tribulation in 2 Peter 3:10, “the heavens shall pass away with a great noise.”

Psalms 50:22-23 says,  Now consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver. Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.

A person who offers praise to God is more likely a true believer than a person who tithes. Remember even in the Old Testament people tithed but that did not make them a true believer in Jesus Christ. Make sure that you understand the judgment of God by listening to His Word. If you have never turned from your sins to Jesus do so today.


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