Psalm 50: The Return of the Divine King!

                       1. The Brightness of His Coming!                  Psalm 50:1-4

Text: “Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined.”  Psalm 50:2.

Good morning, patiently waiting Christian!  It is well nigh over two thousand years that the Church of the Living Lord Jesus Christ has been patiently waiting for His promised return to catch us away to be with Him forever.  Long has been the dark night of our waiting.  Patient has been our praying and serving and waiting for the Master’s return to this earth; as sin and darkness increases and open apostasy spreads like a cancer throughout the professing church worldwide.

“...Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall He find faith on the earth?”   (Luke 18:8)

I am convinced that, here in the 21st Century, we are actually watching the ‘Great Falling Away’; the increased apostasy, and ‘easy-believism’ of the Christian church worldwide; the diminishing of love for Christ Jesus, and the rise of a more militant anti-Christian spirit.

“And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.  And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.  And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many (professing Christians!) shall wax cold.  But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.”  (Matthew 24:10-13)

It is into this well prophesied world of increasing darkness and unbelief that the Lord Jesus Christ shall make His glorious and terrible return.  The Psalmist looks forward and prophesies this truly awesome 2nd Advent of the Living Lord Jesus.

“Title: ‘A Psalm of Asaph.’  This is the first of the Psalms of Asaph, but whether it was the production of that eminent musician, or merely dedicated to him, we cannot tell.  The titles of twelve Psalms bear his name, but it could not in all of them be meant to ascribe their authorship to him, for several of these Psalms are of too late a date to have been composed by the same writer as the others.”  (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 231)

One thing genuine Bible-studying Christians can be certain of, is the fact that, God the Holy Spirit being the Divine Author of all 66 Books of canonical Scripture is the One God-breathed inspiration of each Psalm retained in our present King James Version Bible.

“All Scripture is given by inspiration (breath of God) of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man/woman of God may be perfect (mature), thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”  (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

Verse 1. “The mighty God, even the Lord (Jehovah) hath spoken, and called the earth from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof.”  The inspired Psalmist, no matter who he is, writing under the inspiration of God the Spirit, is very clear on exactly Who is speaking the words contained in this glorious Psalm.  The Creator Lord God declares His truth to every corner of this fallen world of sin and disobedience.  There can be absolutely no excuse given by reprobate (rejected) souls that they never heard the Word of Almighty God.

“For His eyes are upon the ways of man, and He seeth all his goings.  There is no darkness, nor shadow of death, where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.”  (Job 34:21-22)

Verse 2. “Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined.  Moreover, he may be said to shine out of Zion because the Gospel, which set up spiritual worship, was to go forth from Mount Zion (Isaiah 2:4)  Micah 4:2); and the preachers of it were to begin at Jerusalem (Luke 24:47), and Christians are said to come unto Mount Zion, to receive their instructions, Hebrews 12:22, Hebrews 12:28).  

"Zion is here called the perfection of beauty, because it was the holy hill; and holiness is indeed the perfection of beauty. That he shall come, and not keep silence, shall no longer seem to wink at the sins of men, as he had done (V.21)), but shall show his displeasure at them, and shall also cause that mystery to be published to the world by his holy apostles which had long lain hid, that the Gentiles should be fellow-heirs (Ephesians 3:5-6) ) and that the partition-wall of the ceremonial law should be taken down; this shall now no longer be concealed.  

"In the great day, our God shall come and shall not keep silence, but shall make those to hear his judgment that would not hearken to his law. That his appearance should be very majestic and terrible: A fire shall devour before him. The fire of his judgments shall make way for the rebukes of his word, in order to the awakening of the hypocritical nation of the Jews, that the sinners in Zion, being afraid of that devouring fire (Isaiah 33:14), might be startled out of their sins.”  (Commentary of the Whole Bible by Matthew Henry 1662-1714)

Verse 3. “Our God shall come!  May our God come!  A prayer for the hastening of His advent, as in the Apocalypse (Revelation 22:20) (Pool’s Synopsis, Matthew Pool 1624-1679)

In this increasingly apostate age, true regenerate, Bible-believing Christians cry out as one, “Even so, Come Lord Jesus!”  (Revelation 22:20)

Verse 3.  “And shall not keep silence...” Our long-suffering Holy Lord God has sat on His Heavenly Throne for thousands of years, watching His fallen creatures failing, falling, and completely faltering in disobedience to His clear Commandments given to Moses on that Holy Hill.  (Exodus 20:1017)  Soon, and very soon, the Heavens shall suddenly open up and our God shall come, and He shall not keep silence.

“But as the days of Noah were (dark and sinful days), so shall also the coming of the Son of man (Christ Jesus) be.  For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be...Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.” (Matthew 24:37-42)

The time of our Holy Lord’s suffering in silence at the gross sins of this vile world will be over forever.  “...He will descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God:”  (1 Thessalonians 4:16)  For those still living in unbelief and disobedient sin – that shout of the Living Lord Jesus will be the shout of “TOO LATE!”  Their doom will be Eternally sealed.  There will be no more chance to be saved from Hell.  What a sad day of profound mourning that will be for those left behind on this earth.

Verse 3&4.  “ A fire shall devour before Him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about Him, He shall call to the Heavens from Above, and to the earth, that He may judge His people.

Thought: Will the brightness of Christ’s coming be a joy to your heart, or a terror to your soul?  Only the redeemed of God can cry out in joy at His soon appearing.

The Inevitability of Death! Psalm 49:9-20

Text: “For he seeth that wise men die, likewise the fool and the brutish person perish, and leave their wealth to others.”

Psalm 49:10.

Good morning, mortal Christian!  The Lord God has opened your eyes and mine early, to realise that our time on earth is a limited time, and what we do with the time we are granted by God must be put to good use.  However, our focus has been Divinely shifted from things that are merely temporal, things that must soon pass away, and centred squarely on things Eternal, things that will determine exactly where our immortal, God-given, souls will spend that everlasting age of timelessness: Heaven or Hell.  Death for each of us is inevitable (if the Lord Jesus delays His return), but, praise God, we can be sure of our immortal soul’s Eternal destination, by trusting in our Saviour, the Living Lord Jesus Christ.  Hallelujah!

“Seek ye the Lord while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near: let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.” (Isaiah 55:6-7)

Verse 9.  “No price could secure for any man That he should still live forever, and not see corruption (death). Mad are men now after gold; what would they be if it could buy the elixir of immortality?  Gold is lavished out of the bag to cheat the worm of the poor body by embalming it, or enshrining it in a coffin of lead, but it is a miserable business, a very burlesque and comedy.  As for the soul, it is too subtle a thing to be detained when it hears the Divine command to soar through tracks unknown.  Never, therefore, will we fear those base nibblers at our heels, whose boasted treasure prove to be so powerless to save.” (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 228)

Every man must do two things alone; he must do his own believing and his own dying.” (Martin Luther 1483-1546)

Some famous person once said that there are two things that are certain in this life: death and taxes.  There is much wisdom in this witty saying, especially in referring to the absolute certainty of death.  We mortals must all come to the place of death.  Death is no respecter of persons, fact!

Verse 10. “Likewise the fool and the brutish person perish. Folly has no immunity from death.  Off goes the jester’s cap, as well as the student’s gown.  Jollity cannot laugh off the dying hour; Death, who visits the university, does not spare the tavern.”  (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 228)

Death comes to mankind because of SIN: Adam’s original sin, and the sins each individual person commits throughout his/her life. 

“And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely DIE.”  (Genesis 2:16-17)

“Behold (look, and fully understand) all souls are Mine (God’s); as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is Mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.”  (Ezekiel 18:4)

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God (i.e. Christ’s pure righteousness).”  (Romans 3:23)

If death, therefore, is so an inevitable outcome for mankind, what follows must be fully acknowledged as another inevitability – God’s judgement on the souls of those that die in sin.

“...It is appointed unto men (and women, of course) once to die, but after this the judgement.”  (Hebrews 9:27)

God’s righteous judgement (condemnation) is as equally inevitable as death, if the person dying dies without being justified by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and His full pardoning Atonement made to redeem sinners, at Calvary’s Cross.  That Christ-rejecting soul must look forward in death to the fearful judgement of a Creator Lord God Who detests all sin and must punish the guilty, if He is to remain an impeccably HOLY Lord God Almighty.

If the Lord God were to condone, allow, or by-pass just one sin – His Divine credentials, as it were, would be infinitely reduced to a sub-standard imperfection in true Holiness!  No sin, therefore, can ever be permitted to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

Natural birth only directs the soul to Hell – Spiritual Regeneration, the new birth, is absolutely necessary for any soul’s entrance into God’s Holy Heaven.

“Jesus answered and said unto him (Nicodemus), Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of Heaven.”  (John 3:3)

“Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water AND of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God.”  (John 3:5)

Spiritual Regeneration (Born Again) takes us out of the natural state of sinfulness, covers us with the redeeming Blood of God’s Lamb, Christ Jesus, and grants us, by faith, Christ’s own level of true righteousness to permit us free access into the Holy Kingdom of Heaven.

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold (look and understand), all things are become new.  And all things are of God, Who hath reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation...”  (2 Corinthians 5:17-18)

Verse 15. “But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave. Forth from that temporary resting-place we shall come in due time, quickened by Divine energy.  Like our risen Head, we cannot be holden by the bands of the grave; redemption has emancipated us from the slavery of death.  No redemption could man find in riches, but God has found it in the Blood of His dear Son.”  (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 229)

Thus we see afresh that life, death, judgement, and one’s destination for Eternity, are all clearly laid out for us to learn and understand in our Bibles.  Praise God for faith to believe!

Thought: “So ends the minstrel’s lay.  Comforting as the theme is to the righteous, it is full of warning to the worldly.  Hear ye it, O ye rich and poor.  Give ear to it, ye nations of the earth.”  (Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 230)

Christ Alone Can Redeem! Psalm 49:5-8

Text: “None of them (rich, powerful, people) can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him.”

Psalm 49:7.

          “And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for Thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by Thy Blood out of every kindred, and tongue (language), and people, and nation; and hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.”

Revelation 5:9-10.

Good morning, redeemed Christian!  You and I were once blind, now we can see!  We were Eternally lost, now we are found!  We were drowning in our sin and iniquities, now we are safe, and spotlessly clean!  We were on our way to a Christ-rejecter’s Hell, but now, through the shed and sinless Blood of Christ the Lamb, are Spiritually regenerated (born again) and secure for a place in Heaven forever!  How can we not shout, ‘Hallelujah!  All praise to the Lamb Who is worthy!  We worship and adore you, King Jesus Christ!’

“...Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing...Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto Him (Christ Jesus) that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb forever and ever.” (Revelation 5:12-13)

Verse 5. “Wherefore should I fear in the days of evil, when the iniquity of my heels shall compass me about? The man of God looks calmly forward to dark times when those evils which have dogged his heels shall gain a temporary advantage over him.  Iniquitous men, here called in the abstract iniquity, lie in wait for the righteous, as serpents that aim at the heels of travellers.”  (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 227)

Iniquitous men and women have, from time immemorial, sought to hinder true Christians, while at the same time use their financial wealth, status in society, political position in Governments; and worldly family name - to make themselves accepted in God’s Holy eyes.   All to no avail.  They find, eventually, that sinners can never pay for their sins with carnal currency.  Only the precious Blood of Christ, shed for ‘His people’, will ever redeem a soul from sin.

“For as much as ye know that ye were not redeemed (bought back from sin, Spiritually ransomed) with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation (entire lifestyle) received by tradition from your fathers: but with the precious Blood of Christ, as of a Lamb without blemish or spot: who verily (truly) was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times.”  (1 Peter 1:18-20)

Verse 7. “None of them can by any means redeem his brother. With all their riches, the whole of them put together could not rescue a comrade from the chill grasp of death.  They boast of what they will do with us, let them see to themselves.  Let them weigh their gold in the scales of death, and see how much they can buy therewith from the worm and the grave.”  (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 227)

“What can wash away my sin?  NOTHING but the Blood of Jesus...” (Hymn: ‘What can wash away my sin’, by Robert Lowry 1876)

Verse 8. “For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth forever. In this judgement, tears will not prevail, prayers will not be heard, promises will not be admitted, repentance will be too late, and for riches, honourable titles, sceptres, and diadems, these will profit much less.”  (Thomas Tymme 1634)

“Definition of the term: Redemption.  To be redeemed is to be delivered from some great penalty by the paying of a fee.  Thus, prisoners of war are sometimes released on payment by their Government of a price which is called the ransom price (i.e. the price paid to obtain release of a prisoner; kidnap victim; captured goods; etc).; to release from captivity to a cruel taskmaster; price paid to set slaves and captives FREE).  (John 8:32) (Isaiah 61:1-2) (Luke 4:18) (Revelation 5:9)

For example: pawned possessions are REDEEMED by their owners when the financial loan is repaid at a pawnshop!

Question:  What then does mankind need to be set free from, Spiritually speaking?  (Romans 7:14-24)  Answer: Sin!  We are born sinners, and sin naturally from our birth.

Mankind are born as: Slaves under sin: (Psalm 51:5)

Adam was CREATED perfect, in God’s own Triune image.  (Genesis 1:26)  He then fell from grace (i.e. sinned!) when he and Eve disobeyed God.  Adam thus became a slave to Satan through his sin, and then BEGAT mankind in his own sinful image. (Genesis 5:3)

Therefore, all Creation including mankind, became prisoners of God’s Curse; and NATURAL SINNERS by birth. (Genesis 3:17-19) (Job 14:4)

God Redeemed (i.e. bought back) Adam and Eve by the shedding of the innocent blood of animals, to clothe; or cover, the sins of the pair.  In this manner, God made a blood sacrifice for their sins; their sins were ‘...covered...’ by the blood sacrifice.  (Genesis 3:20-21) (Psalm 32:1-2)

Of course, this sacrifice revealed God’s chosen way of Atonement ( i.e. at-one-ment!), sinful man to a thrice Holy God of wrath against sin; and looked forward in faith to the ‘...once for all time...’ Atonement (or Redemption) Sacrifice of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, at the Cross of Calvary.  (John 1:29)

This Cross-work of Christ is called EXPIATION: the suffering undergone by an innocent substitute to expiate (i.e. make amends for; pay the penalty of) the sins of the guilty parties.  (Hebrews 10:10) It follows, therefore, that, “...without shedding of blood is no remission of sins...”. (Hebrews 9:22-28)  Christ’s Blood was shed for our Redemption.

Thought: Redemption was made by the shedding of Christ’s SINLESS BLOOD.  Thus, there is no Redemption without the precious Blood of Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:21) (1 Peter 1:18-19)  Thank you, Lord Jesus!”  (The Doctrine of Redemption, Dr C.K. McClinton, www.ulsterchristians.org )