Daily D – Psalm 50:14-15
Psalm 50:14, 15
“Sacrifice thank offerings to God,
fulfill your vows to the Most High,
and call on me in the day of trouble;
I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”
My bride and I were listening to a playlist on my iPhone recently when Pomp and Circumstance began playing. Yes, the iPod feature of my phone is filled with eclectic treasures of an endless variety. Some have even said, “Dave, you have the best iPod ever!” Well, I have said it and fully agree with the statement.
Read this psalm from the beginning and it sounds like it deserves a Pomp and Circumstance soundtrack. Verse 1 begins this way:
speaks and summons the earth
from the rising of the sun to where it sets.
This is majestic language. The songwriter, Asaph, placed three names of God together to amplify the psalm’s beginning. How great is our God! He is supreme above and beyond all things! He is Creator! He is Deliverer!
Asaph’s song echoes the solemnity and awe of when God laid down The Law (Exodus 19:16; 20:18). Hear and feel the rumble of the thunder. Sense the hair on your arms and neck stand at attention. Notice the pounding of your heart. God is here, and he is not silent.
This is the establishing shot for the first thirteen verses of this psalm. Then we arrive here at verses 14 and 15. The dramatic score moves into more soothing, comforting tones. More strings; fewer drums. More woodwinds; less brass. There is the sound of a gentle blowing, a still, small voice.
Our Father in heaven speaks with characteristic kindness and limitless love.
serve High God a feast of kept promises,
And call for help when you’re in trouble—
I’ll help you, and you’ll honor me.
Listen carefully to what God says. He is less interested in us attempting to match his majestic intensity and more interested in a relationship overflowing with thanksgiving and trust. Derek Kidner says it this way: “These are the sacrifices (cf. Heb. 13:15) and this is the glory—not pomp but love—which he most desires.” (Derek Kidner, Psalms 1–72: An Introduction and Commentary, vol. 15, Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1973), 205.)
We honor God when we see him for who he is (verses 1-13) and thank him for all he does (verses 14, 15; Philippians 4:6, 7).
It is always good to look to listen all the way to the end. This is especially true in this psalm. Here is verse 23:
If you keep to my path,
I will reveal to you the salvation of God.”
(New Living Translation)
Walk with God.
Know the salvation of God.
I will offer the sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving as I walk and talk with God day by day.
Our Father, it will take all day to thank you for all you have done this morning. It will take a lifetime to thank you for all you have done most recently. It will take all eternity to thank you for your daily kindness and endless goodness to me. Thank you for this long walk, this long talk, this long eternity to share. Amen.
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Psalm 139:17, 18 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!
2 Corinthians 5:1-5 For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies. While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 10:13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.