January 28, 2020 – Tuesday
Psalm 50:14-15 NIV
14 “Sacrifice thank offerings to God, fulfill your vows to the Most High,
15 and call on Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor Me.”
Psalm 50:14-15 KJ21
14 “Offer unto God thanksgiving, and pay thy vows unto the Most High,
15 and call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify Me.”
In our Monday night Bible Study we covered Psalm 50 and it was the two verses above that really caught my attention. We are using a NKJV Bible called So That’s Why! which includes the complete text of the New King James Version in chronological order, and a full complement of notes and articles about the historical and cultural backgrounds of Scripture, including timelines, in-text maps, and more. Sadly the CD that comes with it cannot be utilized anymore. Nonetheless, the idea was to be able to go through 1 and 2 Kings, 1 and 2 Chronicles, and 1 and 2 Samuel in an integrated chronological fashion. Surprise, many Psalms are inserted as well where the authors believed they would best fit. Thus Psalm 50 Monday night.
I used my three volume set of Spurgeon’s Commentary on Psalms. The online commentary on Psalm 50 is also available here. In volume one of his commentary Spurgeon said verses 1-6 is the Lord summoning the whole earth to hear His declaration. Then in verses 7-15 He declares the nature of worship which He finds acceptable. Next in verses 16-21 He accuses the ungodly of breaches of the second tablet. Then He closes with threatening words v22 and a direction of grace v23.
So let’s look at the section that ends with our verses for today.
7 “Hear, O My people, and I will speak, O Israel, and I will testify against you; I am God, your God!
8 I will not rebuke you for your sacrifices Or your burnt offerings, Which are continually before Me.
9 I will not take a bull from your house, Nor goats out of your folds.
10 For every beast of the forest is Mine, And the cattle on a thousand hills.
11 I know all the birds of the mountains, And the wild beasts of the field are Mine.
12 “If I were hungry, I would not tell you; For the world is Mine, and all its fullness.
13 Will I eat the flesh of bulls, Or drink the blood of goats?
14 Offer to God thanksgiving, And pay your vows to the Most High.
15 Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.”
God begins by saying even with all their faults, He is still their God. Then He lets His people know He does not need their sacrifices if they think He needs them. He does not. Instead we come to the two verses we have for today and discover what He desires are sacrifices of thanksgiving! We honor Him and praise Him when our thanksgivings are given to Him. Spurgeon put it this way: See the three ways of praising God. One is by giving him your grateful thanksgiving. Banish your murmurings; sweep away your mistrusts; and let your mouth be filled with his praise all the day long. Then the next way of praising God is by paying your vows unto him; let your constant prayers and offerings to God prove the gratitude of your heart. And the last and sweetest way of praising God is to call upon him in the day of trouble. There are many of you who are in trouble at this moment, therefore call upon God. Perhaps you say, “That will benefit me, but how will it glorify him?” Why, God getteth much honour out of hearts that dare to trust him.
We honor Him when we trust Him. Let our prayers be early when we call upon Him and not our last resort. Let us show our trust by calling on Him first always. Quite a bit to squeeze out of those two verses. Go to the link for Spurgeon’s commentary to learn more on this Psalm and all the others as well – Spurgeon truly loved the Psalms.