Summary: Psalm 50 (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
(1). The Holy Judge (vs 1-6)
(2). The Heartless Worshippers (vs 7-15).
(3). The Hypocritical Worshippers (vs 16-22)
(4). The Honest Worshippers (vs 23)
• Criminal Justice
• Crown Court
• Garrows Law
• Judge John Deed
• Kavanagh QC
• Law and Order
• New Street Law
• Rumpole of the Bailey
• These shows are just a few of the British TV programmes based around a courtroom.
• Courtroom scenes on television or in film often make for good drama;
• Especially when the case takes a surprising turn, or when justice itself in on the line.
• In Psalm 50 we have a dramatic courtroom scene.
• God himself is the judge.
• He summons the whole world to the foot of Mount Zion (Jerusalem);
• To appear before his tribunal.
(1). The Holy Judge (vs 1-6)
“The Mighty One, God, the LORD,
speaks and summons the earth
from the rising of the sun to 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 this consecrated people,
who made a covenant with me by sacrifice.’
6 And the heavens proclaim his righteousness,
for he is a God of justice”.
• In the UK when a judge enters a courtroom,
• Everybody stands respectfully;
• But verse 2 tells us;
• That God’s entrance into his assembly is accompanied by the shinning of his glory.
• Notice in verse 3:
• God's courtroom is not like the mahogany panelled room we so often see on TV.
• His courtroom is surrounded by fire.
• And around him is a great storm, a tempest!
• ill: This description is very similar to the passage in Exodus chapter 19;
• When Moses went up Mt. Sinai (Mt. Horeb) to get God's law.
• There was thunder & lightening, fire and smoke;
• Coming before God was a was terrifying experience!
• Every good courtroom drama has a twist and so does this one;
• Because although in verse 1 the whole world is summoned.
• When the charges are read,
• Those assembled in the court soon realize;
• That the defendant is not WHO or WHAT they expected.
• Those gathered are about to discover that it is the people of God who are on trial.
• And not the rest of the world.
• They are about to learn that judgment begins in the house of the Lord!
• The purpose of this ‘trial’ was not to convict and condemn his people;
• Rather it is to open the eyes of the people, to help them see their faults and failings;
• So that they will repent and return to the Lord.
• There is a difference between Divine judgment and Divine wrath.
• Divine wrath destroys.
• Divine judgment brings us to repentance.
• Therefore though we may not like it, it is good to remember that;
• Divine judgment is not a bad thing. It is a good thing,
• It is a blessing, a working of the grace of God in our life.
Now before we move to the next section of this Psalm, let’s ask a question:
Question: What can we learn about the judge?
Answer: Two things.
• (a). We learn about the name of this judge:
• Human judges in the UK are often called “the honourable so & so”
• But this judge is different, just look at the descriptive titles used.
• Verse 1 calls him; “The Mighty One, God, the Lord”.
• Three different Hebrew words ‘El’, ‘Elohim’, & ‘Jehovah’.
• He is the strong, all-powerful God – when he commands people will obey!
• He is the only true God – we therefore only ever answer and are accountable to him
• He is the self-existing God – he depends on no-one but we all depend on him!
• (b). We learn about the character of this judge:
• Verse 6 refers to him as being righteousness.
• Verse 6 refers to him as being just.
• Being the Mighty God he knows all about those who are on trial;
• So no lever defence lawyer will ever get a guilty person off scot-free!
• Notice There will be no miscarriage of justice in this court!
• Because this judge can even call on all heaven and earth to witness the proceedings.
• In this court everything will be done correct and fair!
• Remind you again that the purpose of this ‘trial’;