Psalm 50

Psalm 50

Author: Asaph – Asaph was one of David’s chief musicians. He was also the ancestor of a group of temple musicians (Ezra a 2:40,41).

Verse 1 – The Mighty One, God the Lord, has spoken and called the earth from the rising of the sun to it’s going down.

Verse 2 – Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God will shine forth,

Verse 3 – Our God shall come, and shall not keep silent; a fire shall devour before Him, and it shall be very tempestuous all around Him.

Verse 4 – He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that He may judge His people;

Who is this judgment directed at? As we continue to read, we will find out there was then, as there is now, people who only go through the motions with rituals out of habit, not truly thanking God for who He is. The saints, all those who believe and are saved, have already been judged. All their sin and iniquity was placed on Jesus and cleansed by His blood.

Verse 5 – “Gather my saints together to Me, those who have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice.”

Verse 6 – Let the heavens declare His righteousness, for God Himself is Judge. Selah

Verse 7 – “Hear, O My people, and I will speak, O Israel, and I will testify against you; I am God, your God!”

Verse 8 – I will not reprove (correct, admonish, to argue) you for your sacrifices or your burnt offerings, which are continually before Me.

Verse 9 – I will not take a bull from your house, nor goats out of your fields.

Under the law, people of Israel were commanded to offer sacrifice for their sin, but evidently their hearts were not thankful, and God saw the motive behind their actions.

We may fall into this same pattern of going to church or tithing, out of habit. God wants us to obey because we desire to, not out of a ritual or just because.

Verse 10 – For every beast of the forest is Mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills.

Verse 11 – I know all the birds of the mountains, and the wild beasts of the field are Mine.

Verse 12 – “If I were hungry, I would not tell you; for the world is Mine, and all its fullness.”

Verse 13 – Will I eat the flesh of bulls, or drink the blood of goats?

Verse 14 – Offer to God thanksgiving, and pay your vows to the Most High.

Verse 15 – Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you and you shall glorify Me.”

I never want to forget what my God has done for me. Remembering how far He has brought me, will cause me to be thankful and grateful. I never want to act like a spoiled child who takes and never gives back. I want to be like my Father who teaches, corrects, and gave His only son for me to have the life He desires me to have.

Verse 16 – But to the wicked God says: “What right have you to declare My statues, or take My covenant in your mouth,

Verse 17 – seeing you hate instruction and cast My words behind you?”

verse 18 -” When you saw a thief, you consented with him, and have been a partaker with adulterers.

Verse 19 – You give your mouth to evil and your tongue frames deceit!

Verse 20 – You sit and speak against your brother; you slander your own mother’s son.

Verse 21 – These things you have done, and I kept silent; you thought that I was altogether like you; but I will reprove you, and set them in order before your eyes.”

You can’t be a Christian and only follow some of His ways. Neither are God’s promises for those who are not His. The promise the lost start with is, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shall be saved.” That’s what God is talking about when he says “You give your mouth to evil and your tongue to deceit.” I hear a lot of people “claim” to be a Christian but their mouths and actions don’t line up. I know people who claim to know God and wouldn’t give me or anyone else a ham sandwich if in need. When your mouth , actions, and heart do not line up, God calls that wicked.

verse 22 – “Now consider this, you who forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be no deliver:

Verse 23 Whoever offers praise glorifies Me; and to him who orders his conduct aright I will show the salvation of God.”

Wow! That was pretty strong and plain. God asks what right does someone have to even utter His words when they are not His. We need to be careful of what we claim to be ours. He loves us and only wants the best for us.

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Psalm 49

Psalm 49

Author: The sons of Korah

Verse 1 – Hear this, all you people’s; give ear, all you inhabitants of the world,

Verse 2 – Both low and high, rich and poor together.

Verse 3 – My mouth shall speak wisdom, and the meditation of my heart shall bring the understanding.

Verse 4 – I will incline my ear to a proverb, I will disclose my dark saying on the harp.

Rather than a praise psalm, this psalm is written for instruction. It is wisdom for all.

Verse 5 – Why should I fear in the days of evil, when the iniquity at my heels surrounds me?

Verse 6 – Those who trust in their wealth and boast in the multitude of their riches,

Verse 7 – None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him –

Verse 8 – For the redemption of their souls is costly, and it shall cease forever –

Verse 9 – That he should continue to live eternally, and not see the pit.

All the wealth in the world can not redeem a person’s soul. We were not redeemed with silver or gold. The price that was paid for each and every person was with the blood of Christ. When He shed His precious blood that day on Calvary, He paid the ultimate price for you and I to have an eternal life with our Savior.

Jesus asked in Matthew 16:26, “For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?”

The wealth we accumulate while on earth, will never determine where we spend eternity. It’s up to us to make that choice where we will spend it.

Verse 10 – For he sees the wise men die; likewise the fool and the senseless person perish, and leave their wealth to others.

Remember, the Bible calls the foolish, godless, without God. Not because He’s not available but because they choose not to believe.

Verse 11 – Their inner thought is that their houses will continue forever, and their dwelling places to all generations; they call their lands after their own names.

Verse 12 – Nevertheless man, though in honor, does not remain; he is like the beasts that parish.

Verse 13 – This is the way of those who are foolish, and of their prosperity who approve their sayings. Selah

Verse 14 – Like sheep they are laid in the grave; death shall feed on them; the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their beauty shall be consumed in the grave, far from their dwelling.

The rich and the poor have one thing similar when they die, everything they own is left behind. The believer though, invests while on earth, in the things pertaining to God’s kingdom. To have treasures in heaven, we place our faith in Jesus the Christ. Those lives that we influence to come to Christ, they are worth more than silver or gold that we’ve acquired while on earth.

Verse 15 – But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave for He shall receive me. Selah

Verse 16 – Do not be afraid when one becomes rich, when the glory of his house is increased;

Verse 17 – For when he dies he shall carry nothing away; his glory shall not descend after him.

Verse 18 – Though while he lives he blesses himself, for men will praise you when you do well for yourself,

Verse 19 – He shall go to the generations of his fathers; they shall never see light.

Verse 20 – Man who is in honor, yet does not understand, is like the beast that parish.

Those who have spent their lives acquiring wealth for wealth’s sake, in order to lavish themselves with the riches of this world, will realize when it’s time to die, it was useless.

Is God against us having wealth? No, look at Abraham and Job, after his trials, King David, and his son Solomon. Here’s the key: always check your motive for gaining wealth and what you intend to do with it. Does the money have an assignment? Is it just for you and yours, or is it used to advance the kingdom and bless others?

Psalm 48

Psalm 48

Author: The sons of Korah

Verse 1 – Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in His holy mountain.

Verse 2 – Beautiful in elevation, is Mount Zion on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.

Verse 3 – God is in her palaces; He is known as her refuge.

Why is Mount Zion-Jerusalem, “The city of our King?” Because the temple was located in Jerusalem, which was seen as the center of God’s presence in the world. Revelation 21:2 – Then I John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. Jerusalem has and always will be, the “City of God.”

Verse 4 – For behold, the Kings assembled, they passed by together.

Verse 5 – They saw it, and so they marveled; they were troubled, they hastened away.

These verses recall the conquest of Canaan when Yahweh caused the people in the land to be terrified of the Israelite’s (Joshua. 2:9).

Verse 6 – Fear took hold of them there, and pain, as of a woman in travail,

Verse 7 – As when you break the ships of Tarshish with an east wind.

Ezekiel 27:25, 26 – “The ships of Tarshish were carriers of your merchandise. You were filled and very glorious in the midst of the seas. (Verse 26) Your oarsmen brought you into many waters, but the east wind broke you in the midst of the seas.

Verse 8 – As we have heard, so we have seen in the city of the Lord of hosts; in the city of our God; God will establish it forever. Selah

This was a prophetically spoken scripture about the New Jerusalem that will be established forever (Revelation 21).

Verse 9 – We have thought, O God, on Your loving-kindness, in the midst of Your temple.

Verse 10 – According to Your name, O God, so is Your praise to the ends of the earth; Your right hand is full of righteousness.

The right hand represents power and who sits at the right hand of God? Jesus, who is our righteousness.

Verse 11 – Let Mount Zion rejoice, let the daughters of Judah be glad, because of Your judgments.

The tribe of Judah is the largest of the 12 tribes of Israel. David was from Judah and he made Jerusalem his capital and the center of the nation’s worship. Jesus was also from the tribe of Judah and will one day be the center of all worship in the New Jerusalem which will be established forever.

Verse 12 – Walk about Zion, and go all around her. Count her towers;

Verse 13 – Mark well her bulwarks; consider her palaces; that you may tell it to the generation following.

Verse 14 – For this is God, our God forever and ever; He will be our guide even to death.

After an enemy army had attacked Jerusalem, without victory, the Israelite’s would walk around the city and inspect the walls. When they would find no damage, they praised God.

After we, as believers, have been delivered from whatever crises, we need to check what upheld us; our faith in God; our knowledge of His Word, and the prayers of other believers. The Holy Spirit is our guide and Christ our strength in tough times, so make His Holy scripture your map.

Psalm 47

Psalm47

Author: The sons of Korah

This psalm may have been written during the Assyrian invasion of Judah by Sennacherib.

Verse 1 – Oh, clap your hands, all you people! Shout to God with the voice of triumph!

Verse 2 – For the Lord Most High is awesome; He is a great King over all the earth.

Our God is awesome, but I can’t understand why people who clap, shout, and sing, at ballgames, won’t participate in worship when they come into God’s house. If He saved you, that’ enough to shout about, even though He’s done much more.

Verse 3 – He will subdue the peoples under us, and the nations under our feet.

Verse 4 – He will choose our inheritance for us the excellence of Jacob whom He loves. Selah

God did subdue the nations surrounding Israel, He keeps His promises. As long as Israel followed God, He fought their battles. However, over time, Israel has lost its land to other nations which want to destroy them. But the day is coming when they will see the hand of God once again fight for His people.

Verse 5 – God has gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.

Verse 6 – Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises!

Verse 7 – For God is the King of all the earth; sing praises with understanding.

Isn’t that odd that the psalmist says to sing praises with understanding? God doesn’t want us to just join a crowd and do what they do, just to fit in. He wants us to praise Him because we understand “Who He is.” When we have that intimate relationship with the One who literally saves us from spending an eternity in Hell, then we will understand and sing praises unto “Our King.”

Verse 8 – God reigns over the nations; God sits on His holy throne.

Verse 9 – The princes of the people have gathered together, the people of the God of Abraham. For the shields of the earth belong to God;’ He is greatly exalted.

Psalm 46

Psalm 46

Author: The sons of Korah

This was a psalm sung in soprano – Alamoth

God is our Refuge and Strength

Verse 1 – God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Verse 2 – Therefore we will not fear, if the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;

Verse 3 – Though its waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah

God is our refuge even in total destruction. For those who put their trust in Him, we need not fear in any circumstance.

Verse 4 – There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High.

Verse 5 – God is in the mist of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.

In Revelation 22, John describes a pure river, water of life , crystal clear, proceeding from the throne of God. This river feeds the “Tree of Life.” The leaves are for the healing of the nations. Do you remember another tree of life mentioned in scripture? Genesis 2:9 – And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

The tree of life was in the center, but the tree of the knowledge of good and evil is not mentioned in Revelation 22, it’s not there. Only the tree of life. In the same way in our lives, we put Christ, who gives life, in the center of our lives. We as believers have been given the Holy Spirit which flows in our hearts, like a mighty river from the throne of our Mighty God.

Verse 6 – The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved; He uttered His voice, the earth melted.

Verse 7 – The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah

Verse 8 – Come, behold the works of the Lord, who has made desolation’s in the earth.

Verse 9 – He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariot in the fire.

Verse – Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!

Verse 11 – The Lord of hosts is with us; – the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah

Psalm 45

Psalm 45

Author: The sons of Korah

This Psalm can have two meanings as to whom it was written to: One being King Solomon on his wedding and the other Christ and His bride, the church.

Verse 1 – My heart is overflowing with a good theme; I recite my composition concerning the King; my tongue is the pen of a ready writer.

Verse 2 – You are fairer than the sons of me; grace is poured upon Your lips; therefore God has blessed you forever.

This is called a Messianic psalm because it prophetically describes the Messiah’s future relationship to the church, His body of believers.

Verse 3 – Gird Your sword upon Your thigh, O Mighty One, with Your glory and Your majesty.

Verse 4 – And in Your majesty ride prosperously because of truth humility, and righteousness; and Your right hand shall teach You awesome things.

Verse 5 – Your arrows are sharp in the heart of the King’s enemies; the people fall under You.

Verse 6 – Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your Kingdom.

Verse 7 – You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with oil of gladness more than Your companions.

Verse 8 – All Your garments are scented with myrrh and aloes and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, by which they have made you glad.

Verse 9 – Kings daughters are among Your honorable women; at Your right hand stands the queen in gold Ophir.

Verse 10 – Listen, O daughter, consider and incline your ear; forget your own people also, and your father’s house;

When a woman is to be married, she leaves her father’s house, so to speak, and is totally devoted to her husband. She chooses him above all others. The bride of Christ, the church, is to be devoted to no one except Christ. We as believers put Christ in the center of our lives depending on Him for everything, as a wife does her husband.

Verse 11 – So the king will desire your beauty; because He is your Lord, worship Him.

Christ Jesus is our King of all Kings. Ephesians 5:27 – that He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing , but that it should be holy without blemish.

Paul says in verse 32 of chapter 5, that this is a great mystery, but this is concerning Christ and the church.

Verse 12 – And the daughter of Tyre will be there with a gift; the rich among the people will seek your favor.

Tyre was a major trading center on the Mediterranean Sea, know for its extravagance and wealth.

Christ is not coming back for a church that is broke, sick or without influence. He’s returning for a body of believers that is full of the love for God in all areas. Proverbs 13:22 – A good man leaves an inheritance to his children s children, but the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.

Verse 13 – The royal daughter is all glorious within the palace; her clothing is woven with gold.

Verse 14 – She shall be brought to the King in robes of many colors; the virgins, her companions who follow her, shall be brought to You.

Verse 15 – With gladness and rejoicing they shall be brought; they shall enter the King’s palace.

Picture this: When the church, as a bride, is presented to our King, we will be as pure as a virgin. How, because of the blood of Christ. When we believed, our sin was washed away and it is as if we never sinned. Christ’s blood covers us of all unrighteousness. We are the righteousness of God through Jesus Christ, our King.

In Revelation 19, we are told there is going to be a “Marriage supper of the Lamb.” We are the body of Christ.

Verse 16 – Instead of Your fathers shall be Your sons; whom You shall make princes in all the earth.

Verse 17 – I will make Your name to be remembered in all generations; therefore the people shall praise You forever and ever.

Jesus is the One and only name above ever other name in Heaven and on earth!

Psalm 44

Psalm 44

Author: The sons of Korah

A prayer for deliverance by God!

Verse 1 – We have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us, what deeds You did in their days, in days of old;

Verse 2 – How You drove out the nations with Your hand, but them You planted; how You afflicted the peoples, and cast them out.

Verse 3 – For they did not gain possession of the land by their own sword, nor did their own arm save them; but it was Your right hand, Your arm, and the light of Your countenance, because You favored them.

The Israelite’s had to drive out the inhabitants of Canaan, the Promise Land. The psalmist wants others to remember that it was not by their weapons, it was God Himself who drove them out. Israel was told to settle the land and to be a witness to the world, of God’s power and love.

Remembering what God has done for us in the past, will help us believe in deliverance for the future.

Verse 4 – You are my King, O God; command victories for Jacob.

Verse 5 – Through You we will push down our enemies; through Your name we will trample those who rise up against us.

Verse 6 – For I will not trust in my bow, nor shall my sword save me.

Verse 7 – But You have saved us from our enemies, and have put shame to those who hated us.

Verse 8 – In God we boast all day long, and praise Your name forever. Selah

Do you know why it’s so hard these days, to actually see a miracle from God? It’s because we have too many resources to go to first before we ask God to intervene. We trust in our money to get us things we need and want; we trust in doctors to bring our healing; and we trust in other people and ourselves to give and receive unconditional love. Why not go to God first and see what happens?

Verse 9 – But You have cast us off and put us to shame, and You do not go out with our armies.

Verse 10 – You make us turn back from the enemy, and those who hate us have taken spoil for themselves.

Israel had evidently been defeated in battle, despite their faithfulness and obedience. Sometimes our battle scars are evidence of loyalty to Christ, not punishment.

2 Timothy 3:12 – Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.

Verse 11 – You have given us up like sheep intended for food, and have scattered us among the nations.

Verse 12 – You sell Your people for naught, and are not enriched by their price.

Verse 13 – You make us a reproach to our neighbors, a scorn and derision to those all around us.

This has happened several times throughout the history of Israel, World War II, comes to mind, in our time.

Verse 14 – You make us a byword among the nations, a shaking of the head among the people.

Verse 15 – My dishonor is continually before me, and the shame of my face has covered me,

Verse 16 – Because of the voice of him who reproaches and revile’s, because of the enemy and the avenger.

Verse 17 – All this has come upon us; but we have not forgotten You, nor have we dealt falsely with Your covenant.

Verse 18 – Our heart has not turned back, nor have our steps departed from Your way;

Verse 19 – But You have severely broken us in the place of jackals, and covered us with the shadow of death.

Verse 20 – If we had forgotten the name of our God, or stretched out our hands to a foreign god,

Verse 21 – Would not God search this out? For He knows the secrets of the heart.

Verse 22 – Yet for Your sake we are killed all day long: We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

Romans 8:36-39 – As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” (Verse 37) Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. (Verse 38) For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, (Verse 39) nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen!!

When you love someone, will you not go to the ends of the earth to rescue them? God did that for the whole world. He made the ultimate sacrifice for mankind.

Verse 23 – Awake! Why do You sleep, O Lord? Arise! Do not cast us off forever.

Verse 24 – Why do You hide Your face, and forget our affliction and our oppression?

Verse 25 – For our soul is bowed down to the dust; our body clings to the ground.

Verse 26 – Arise for our help, and redeem us for Your mercy’s sake.

Psalm 121:4 – Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.