Be grateful to God at all times (Psalm 50)

God will judge our ungrateful attitudes.

 A Psalm of Asaph. The mighty God, Jehovah, has spoken, and called the earth from the rising of the sun to its going down. Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God has shone. Our God comes, and He is not silent; a fire shall devour before Him, and it shall be very stormy all around Him. He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, so that He may judge His people. Gather My saints to Me; and those who cut My covenant by sacrifice. And the heavens shall declare His righteousness; for God Himself is judge. Selah. (Psa 50:1-6)

God has done so much for us as people. He wants us to be grateful to Him for all that He has done. This passage lists the things that He has done for us. He has ordered everything around us. We have 24 hours a day as a gift from Him. He causes the sun to rise at the right time and set at the right time. He has ordered the seasons and all that is around us for our benefit. He has given us life. He has even given us a chance to have a personal relationship with Him through covenant. He will judge us according to the fact if we were appreciative of Him and what He has given us or not.

God will judge impure worship.

Hear, My people, and I will speak, O Israel, and I will testify against you; I am God, your God. I will not reprove you for your sacrifices; yea, your burnt offerings are continually before Me. I will take no bull out of your house, nor he-goats out of your folds. For every beast of the forest is Mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. I know all the birds of the mountains; and the wild beasts of the field are Mine. If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for the world is Mine, and the fullness of it. Will I eat the flesh of the mighty, or drink the blood of goats? Offer to God thanksgiving; and pay your vows to the Most High; and call on Me in the day of trouble; and I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me. (Psa 50:7-15)

The Israelites were going through the motions when it came to worship. They were always at church, praising the Lord (a modern version of the story). God was not upset with them because they were offering their sacrifices and going to temple (church). He had to remind them that He did not need their offerings and “temple attendance”. He has all that He needs. Worship was for their benefit, not to be a mechanical ritual that they were to maintain just for the sake of maintenance. They were to worship with a heart of thanksgiving instead of just going through the motions. They were to depend on God in other places besides the temple. What about you, why do you attend church? Do you do it just because that is what you have always done, just keeping tradition? Do you attend church with an attitude of thanksgiving, grateful that God has given you life and wants to have a relationship with you? Is God involved in every part of your life or just your religious life (when you attend church)?

God rebukes false worshipers.

But to the wicked, God says, What is it to you, to declare My Precepts, and to take up My covenant in your mouth? Yea, you hate to be taught, and you toss My Words behind you. When you saw a thief, then you were pleased to be with him, and you have taken part with adulterers. You give your mouth to evil, and your tongue frames deceit. You sit; you speak against your brother; you slander your own mother’s son. These things you have done, and I have kept silence; you thought that I was like yourself, but I will rebuke you, and set in order before your eyes. (Psa 50:16-21)

Look at the attitude of the false worshipers. They are religious, involved in religious activities. They attend church just like everyone else but they have a bad attitude. They think that they know it all and that they have no need for anyone to teach them. They hear God’s Word but let it flow in one ear and out the other. They come to church and when they leave, they run around with thieves and adulterers. They live a double life, one way with their church friends and another way with their “secular” friends. God is not fooled by this, even if you cover your tracks well. They have a bad mouth, speaking evil things and are very deceptive in what they do. They may think that they get away with acting like this but God sees and calls them out on it.

God has a final warning for all.

Now think of this, you who forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver. Whoever offers praise glorifies Me; and he who sets a way, I will show him the salvation of God. (Psa 50:22-23)

For those who continue to be ungrateful, as well as those who believe that they can deceive everyone with their false worship, even God, He has some advice for them. If they will not change then they will be torn to pieces. If they will return to Him with all of their hearts then He will forgive them and show them His salvation.

Where do you find yourself in this equation? Are you ungrateful to God? Do you try to deceive God with your false worship? Are you ready to be honest with yourself and return to God or will you continue in your wicked ways until God punishes you severely?

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