Summary: To those who forget about his true nature thinking that he is like man ...
You who forget God
Psa 50:16-23 But to the wicked God says: "What right have you to recite my statutes or take my covenant on your lips? For you hate discipline, and you cast my words behind you. If you see a thief, you are pleased with him, and you keep company with adulterers. "You give your mouth free rein for evil, and your tongue frames deceit. You sit and speak against your brother; you slander your own mother’s son. These things you have done, and I have been silent; you thought that I was one like yourself. But now I rebuke you and lay the charge before you. "Mark this, then, you who forget God, lest I tear you apart, and there be none to deliver! The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me; to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God!"
But it seems from the above Psalm that they still worship Him, so how did they actually forget Him?
v.16 to v.20 is an illustration of how the wicked live.
But how he was able to do that?
v.21 “you thought that I was one like yourself” … meaning you forgot who God really is while living wickedly.
You who forget God, you forget about his true nature thinking that he is like you:
1. tolerating sin
v.21 “I rebuke you and lay the charge before you”
1Ti 6:13-16 I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which he will display at the proper time--he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.
Psa 77:13 Your way, O God, is holy. What god is great like our God?
1Pe 3:12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil."
We are changing, life is changing, generations are changing …
Mal 3:6 “For I the LORD do not change; therefore you …”
Jam 1:17 “… with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”
Heb 1:10-12 And, "You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of your hands; they will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment, like a robe you will roll them up, like a garment they will be changed. But you are the same, and your years will have no end."
Does He still cares in these evil days for the good and evil?
Ecc 12:14 For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.
3. forgetting His wrath
v.22 “lest I tear you apart”
Does He soon forgets His wrath as we usually do?
Psa 95:11 Therefore I swore in my wrath, "They shall not enter my rest."
Rev 6:16-17 calling to the mountains and rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb, for the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?"
Is it just threatening words and soon He will cool down like we often do?
v.22 “and there be none to deliver!”
Isa 43:13 Also henceforth I am he; there is none who can deliver from my hand; I work, and who can turn it back?"
Hos 13:4-8 But I am the LORD your God from the land of Egypt; you know no God but me, and besides me there is no savior. It was I who knew you in the wilderness, in the land of drought; but when they had grazed, they became full, they were filled, and their heart was lifted up; therefore they forgot me. So I am to them like a lion; like a leopard I will lurk beside the way. I will fall upon them like a bear robbed of her cubs; I will tear open their breast, and there I will devour them like a lion, as a wild beast would rip them open.
Hos 5:14 For I will be like a lion to Ephraim, and like a young lion to the house of Judah. I, even I, will tear and go away; I will carry off, and no one shall rescue.
4. cannot save
Is He unable to save anyone like us? Will He surrenders and accepts misery and sin like we do?