Daily Devotional: Psalms 50:1-6
1 The Mighty one, God, the LORD, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to the place where it sets. 2 From Zion, perfect in beauty, God shines forth. 3 Our God comes and will not be silent; a fire devours before him, and around him a tempest rages. 4 He summons the heavens above, and the earth, that he may judge his people: 5 "Gather to me my consecrated ones, who made a covenant with me by sacrifice." 6 And the heavens proclaim his righteousness, for God himself is judge.
1 Peter 1:14-19
15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: "Be holy, because I am holy." 17 Since you call on a Father who judges each man's work impartially, live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear. 18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.
This Psalm of Asaph is easily divided into four sections. God is holy and deserves to be served as the only true God. He rewards those who put their trust in him because he doesn’t need us or what we have to offer. He has no delight in those who ignore him and refuse to submit to him. He alone is the final judge.
If we accept the fact that God is God and is the creator of all things, we must be willing to acknowledge that we are accountable to him. This is probably the one reason so many people reject him, ignore him and deny he exists. Ever since the time of mother Eve in the garden, people have tried to reason how we can do our own will instead of submitting to the will of God.
We can serve the god of money, greed and materialism or we can serve the gods of self and egotism or submit to the other gods of our mind’s creation but none of these can do anything for us. In times of trouble, our wealth may lessen the pain but offers no lasting solution. Hedonism brings short term relief but when reality sets in, we face a hopeless and futile destiny. God alone is God!
O God, creator and giver of life, I am so glad that you have revealed yourself to me and all of mankind. Thank you for your love and your provision for me to have my sins forgiven. I know I have sinned and still come short of living up to the glory that is inherent in your nature. I need your help to be holy as you are holy. Help me love you more and give me wisdom and strength to overcome every trial I face. Forgive me when I fail. Use me to lead others to you and to encourage those who are seeking to serve you. I pray in the name of Jesus my Savior and my Lord.