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 32:7-9 For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory. Interlude The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.”
Exodus 39:42, 43 So the people of Israel followed all of the Lord’s instructions to Moses. Then Moses inspected all their work. When he found it had been done just as the Lord had commanded him, he blessed them.
Exodus 33:13 “If it is true that you look favorably on me, let me know your ways so I may understand you more fully and continue to enjoy your favor. And remember that this nation is your very own people.”
Exodus 31:1-5 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Look, I have specifically chosen Bezalel son of Uri, grandson of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. I have filled him with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, ability, and expertise in all kinds of crafts. He is a master craftsman, expert in working with gold, silver, and bronze. He is skilled in engraving and mounting gemstones and in carving wood. He is a master at every craft!”