Monday, July 1, 2013
Psalm 50:2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God has shone forth.
Psalms 50-52 gives you five key thoughts by which you can understand and know God better. The first idea has to do with God being Sovereign. Sovereignty has to do with God's comprehensive control over all people, places and times. David calls Him "The Mighty One" in Psalm 50:1, and as the rest of the Psalm explains, the Sovereignty of God extends over all things.
The second idea about God in these Psalms is that He is Holy. Holiness is that quality of God's nature that places Him in a class by Himself and which defines His infinite purity as the Objective standard of truth and righteousness. In Psalm 50:2 we see God's "perfection of beauty" being compared to the radiance of the sun.
Thirdly we see what is called God's grace, as spelled out in Psalm 51:1. As Sovereign and Holy God is the standard for right and wrong, and as the God of grace He is the source of salvation to all who by His grace believe on Jesus Christ. God's grace is Him doing for you and I what we could never do for ourselves by extending His unmerited, unearned favor.
Fourthly we see the justice of God as exampled for us in Psalm 52:8. God is fair in all His dealings. His justice regulates how He operates both internally and how He deals with believers and unbelievers.
Then fifthly we see the glory of God in all three of these Psalms. What is God's glory? His glory is the full display of all His Goodness. When you turn to Acts 27, you see the Apostle Paul being a rock of peace in the midst of a howling storm at sea. How can he be that way when everything and everyone is falling apart? His intense God centered focus. Like David, Paul kept in mind that God is Sovereign, Holy, Gracious, Just and Glorious. Knowing how great God is, Paul also knew how personally involved God is in the affairs of His people and the proclamation of the Gospel. God dispatched an angel to Paul to encourage him in Acts 27:23 just as He did so for a trembling Isaiah in Isaiah 6:6. This same Sovereign, Holy, Gracious, Just and Glorious God is here to minister to you dear Christian. If you who are reading this blog are not yet converted to Christ, I urge you to repent and believe on Jesus Christ, since God in His Grace is also Just. It is in the goodness and severity of His Justice that the Sovereign and Holy God calls you by grace to receive His glorious forgiveness through Jesus Christ. (2 Corinthians 4:4-6)