Psalms 50* The glory of God. (1-6) Sacrifices to be changed for prayers.(7-15) Sincere obedience required. (16-23)1-6 This psalm is a psalm of instruction. It tells of thecoming of Christ and the day of judgment, in which God will callmen to account; and the Holy Ghost is the Spirit of judgement.All the children of men are concerned to know the right way ofworshipping the Lord, in spirit and in truth. In the great day,our God shall come, and make those hear his judgement who wouldnot hearken to his law. Happy are those who come into thecovenant of grace, by faith in the Redeemer's atoning sacrifice,and show the sincerity of their love by fruits of righteousness.When God rejects the services of those who rest in outsideperformances, he will graciously accept those who seek himaright. It is only by sacrifice, by Christ, the great Sacrifice,from whom the sacrifices of the law derived what value they had,that we can be accepted of God. True and righteous are hisjudgments; even sinners' own consciences will be forced toacknowledge the righteousness of God. 7-15 To obey is better than sacrifice, and to love God and ourneighbour better than all burnt-offerings. We are here warnednot to rest in these performances. And let us beware of restingin any form. God demands the heart, and how can human inventionsplease him, when repentance, faith, and holiness are neglected?In the day of distress we must apply to the Lord by ferventprayer. Our troubles, though we see them coming from God's hand,must drive us to him, not drive us from him. We must acknowledgehim in all our ways, depend upon his wisdom, power, andgoodness, and refer ourselves wholly to him, and so give himglory. Thus must we keep up communion with God; meeting him withprayers under trials, and with praises in deliverances. Abelieving supplicant shall not only be graciously answered as tohis petition, and so have cause for praising God, but shall alsohave grace to praise him. 16-23 Hypocrisy is wickedness, which God will judge. And it istoo common, for those who declare the Lord's statutes to others,to live in disobedience to them themselves. This delusion arisesfrom the abuse of God's long-suffering, and a wilful mistake ofhis character and the intention of his gospel. The sins ofsinners will be fully proved on them in the judgment of thegreat day. The day is coming when God will set their sins inorder, sins of childhood and youth, of riper age and old age, totheir everlasting shame and terror. Let those hitherto forgetfulof God, given up to wickedness, or in any way negligent ofsalvation, consider their urgent danger. The patience of theLord is very great. It is the more wonderful, because sinnersmake such ill use of it; but if they turn not, they shall bemade to see their error when it is too late. Those that forgetGod, forget themselves; and it will never be right with themtill they consider. Man's chief end is to glorify God: whosooffers praise, glorifies him, and his spiritual sacrifices shallbe accepted. We must praise God, sacrifice praise, put it intothe hands of the Priest, our Lord Jesus, who is also the altar:we must be fervent in spirit, praising the Lord. Let usthankfully accept God's mercy, and endeavour to glorify him inword and deed
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