Psalm 50: The Acceptable Sacrifice

In what ways does God speak to the earth?

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Psalm 50:1 A song of Asaph.
The Lord, Almighty God, speaks to the whole earth, from one end to the other.
King James
Psalm 50:1 <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.

What makes Jerusalem a beautiful city?

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Psalm 50:2 God shines from Jerusalem, the most beautiful city.
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Psalm 50:2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined.

Why did people anticipate the coming of the Lord? What did they expect to happen?

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Psalm 50:3–4 The coming of the Lord will be anything but quiet. A roaring wind and fire will announce his arrival. Across earth and sky, he will call his people for judgment.
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Psalm 50:3–4 Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about him. He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that he may judge his people.

What kinds of sacrifices does God ask of us?

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Psalm 50:5 Let God’s people gather in his presence, those who have made sacrifices to keep their agreement with him.
Luke 14:33 Likewise, if you are not ready to give up everything you have, you cannot be my disciple.
Philippians 3:7 Even so, all that made me feel good about myself back then, I now consider worthless in yielding to what Christ wants to do in my life.
King James
Psalm 50:5 Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.
Luke 14:33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.
Philippians 3:7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.

How do the heavens confirm God’s righteous judgment?

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Psalm 50:6 The heavens bear witness of the truth that God is a righteous judge. Pause to meditate on that.
King James
Psalm 50:6 And the heavens shall declare his righteousness: for God is judge himself. Selah.

Why don’t people pay better attention to what God is saying?

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Psalm 50:7 God says, “Pay attention, my people, for I have something to say. I am God. I am your God, Israel, so listen to my charges against you.
King James
Psalm 50:7 Hear, O my people, and I will speak; O Israel, and I will testify against thee: I am God, even thy God.

If God doesn’t need our sacrifices, why does he ask for them?

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Psalm 50:8–14 I don’t condemn you for the sacrifices and offerings you bring. But it’s not like I have any need for your bulls and goats. I already own the cattle on a thousand hills and every animal in the forest. I see every bird that soars above the hills. Every wild animal receives my care.
If I were hungry, I wouldn’t need to ask you for food. The whole world belongs to me, and everything in it. Do I eat beef or care for the blood of goats? No, I want your thankful hearts and for you to keep your commitment to do what is right.
King James
Psalm 50:8–14 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 out 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 fulness 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:

Why do people take their troubles to God as a last resort?

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Psalm 50:15 Bring your troubles to me. You will praise me when I come to your rescue.
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Psalm 50:15 And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.

If we don’t do what God wants, what right do we have to claim his promises?

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Psalm 50:16–17 God says to the wicked, “By what right can you declare my words and claim my promises? You hate my correction and ignore my commandments.
Romans 8:28 All those who love God and are working to fulfill his purpose should know that all things will work together for good.
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Psalm 50:16–17 But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth? Seeing thou hatest instruction, and castest my words behind thee.
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

If God forgives our sins, why should we be concerned about our behavior?

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Psalm 50:18–21 You become friends and participants with thieves and adulterers. Your speech is destructive and deceitful. 20 You would betray your own family members, speaking against your siblings, your mother’s children. When you did these things, you misinterpreted my silence as approval, so I now appear before you to set the record straight.
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Psalm 50:18–21 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. These 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.

Why do people ignore God?

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Psalm 50:22 Listen, you who have ignored me, or I will tear you apart and no one can help you.
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Psalm 50:22 Now consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver.

How does our behavior affect what God will do for us?

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Psalm 50:23 I will rescue those who give thanks, who make sacrifices for me and follow my ways.
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Psalm 50:23 Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.