Vs. 1, “The Mighty One, God, the LORD, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to where it sets.” Our psalm today was written by Asaph; who was one of the three worship leaders during David’s reign. Our passage is full of imagery as Asaph envisions the LORD bursting into a courtroom scene (vs. 1-6). The whole earth is summoned before Him to be judged! Question: What are the charges? The charges begin with the sin of become ritualistic (vs. 7-15). It is a humbling thing to be called out by the LORD God! God’s people were sacrificing, but they not in a relationship with Him. The second charge seems to be directed towards the wicked (vs. 16-21). These people profess God’s name, but live a life of hypocrisy. Their actions and words were evidence against them. God both warns and promises the verdict to the world (vs. 22-23).
Regarding application…Fatal Assumption. Vs. 21, “When you did these things and I kept silent, you thought I was exactly like you. But I now arraign you and set my accusations before you.” Yikes! What a grave indictment! I’m humbled as I consider the folly of assuming God’s ways. Question: Have we falsely assumed something about God? Let us not be mistaken that God’s silence is a sign of accepting our foolish ways. These types of people God says are those who hate His instructions (vs. 17). The best way to ensure we are not falling into this category is to know Him more! Honor the Lord with your actions, words and the intention of your heart!