“Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one!”
“Then,” is my responsibility.
On Monday, March 13, during prayer time, I opened randomly to Psalms 50 and 51. Psalms 50 context is a warning. Psalms 51 context is the expression of a contrite heart. You might want to open to them.
As I read each chapter, I always watch for something to jump out. Like you, I am generally aware of these verses and so I am believing the Holy Spirit will point to something within them. Yes a morsel of “all truth” that requires a guide, as Jesus spoke of.
“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come.” in John 16:13 (KJV)
As I noted in Psalm 50:5-6 (NASB) “Gather My godly ones to Me, Those who have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice. And the heavens declare His righteousness, For God Himself is judge. Selah.”
A covenant “by sacrifice?” Of course this is long before Jesus lived. “Those” is plural. It seems likely that godly ones are the ones who made (animal) sacrifices for the benefit of the covenant relationship. That has surely changed, or has it?
Today, are we any less responsible to make sacrifices for the sake of our covenant relationship with God? If this willingness to sacrifice is or is not already in our relationship with God, is the Holy Spirit pointing to “things to come?” (John 16:13 above) Is this God in Ps 50:5-6 commanding the host of heaven to gather His godly ones, (Christ-like ones) “Followers” to Himself in those days to come? Is heaven declaring God’s righteousness not only because He is but because they DO NOT have to judge? “My godly ones” have already been judged because of their sacrifice! Remember this for later.
Since God is the Judge, Psalms 19;9 (KJV) says, “… the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. I recommend reading PS 9-14.
Psalm 19:11 (KJV) says, “Moreover by them (the judgments of God) is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.” (added for clarity)
Psalm 50:23 (NASB) says, “… And to him who orders his way aright I shall show the salvation of God.”
We must choose to obey and order our way aright. Could this be the sacrifice “Followers” make?
Psalm 51:1 (NASB) then says, “Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; According to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions.
Verse 2, I abbreviate, “Wash me thoroughly …cleanse me from my sin.”
Verse 3, (I do not lie to myself) “I know my transgressions.”
Verse 4 Against Thee only have I sinned…” Can any of us say that? What about others we have sinned against? Have we thrown ourselves at their feet, so to speak? Does God consider those sins less important? “You are justified Lord.” (By Your judgments your servant is warned. In keeping them there is great reward.) Is this the sacrifice being spoken of, the obedience of a humble ear, a contrite heart?
Verse 6 Although (we are) born in sin, You still desire truth in my inner self and You will make me know wisdom! Amazing!
Are we conscious of and confident in the deposits of truth and wisdom He wants us to have, those “light bulb” experiences?
Verse 8 (Please) “Make me to hear joy and gladness, don’t look upon my sins.
Verse 10 “Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.“
Verse 11 (Please) Do not depart or remove Thy Holy Spirit from me.”
Verse 12 “Restore to me the joy of Your salvation And sustain me with a willing spirit.”
Verse 13 “THEN” and now we get down to it.
“Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, And sinners will be converted to You.”
In the end times, Daniel 12:3 (NASB) says, …”Those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.”
Back to Psalms verse 51:17 “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.”
A broken and a contrite heart, these are true sacrificial gifts to God. Sacrifices we make, not Jesus. He has done His work. Yes we make them by the “truth” the Holy Spirit brings, (John 16:13) and by the whispered judgments of our Heavenly Father. (Psalms 19:9-14)
Lord in these days You have allowed me to ask Jesus into my heart. You have also shown me the way to Your heart O Lord. Both Christ and this understanding are to my benefit for You are the same yesterday, today, and forever. What You favored then You favor now.
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in Your sight O Lord my rock and my Redeemer.” (Ps 19:14)
Lord may I find completeness as You visit my brokenness even as a good physician visits His patient faithfully. For You are my heavenly Father, the glory and the lifter of my head. May I glorify You this day, by Your Spirit Lord, by Your Spirit.
“If we remain in His grip, how far from His heart can we be!”
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