Today, Monday May 01
“You Who Forget God”
"Now consider this, you who forget God, Lest I tear you in pieces, And there be none to deliver: Whoever offers praise glorifies Me; And to him who orders his conduct aright I will show the salvation of God."
Today we will be finishing our chats on Psalm 50 and when we do, we will be one-third of the way through the book of Psalms! We need to remember that Psalm 50 is prophetic in several ways. First, it is a reminder that “The Mighty One, God the LORD has spoken” and is coming back to the earth in judgment for both His own people, Israel and the church, and also for the whole earth. Second, I believe it is prophetic for each of us personally. We all will have to stand before God and be judge either as a believer or as a sinner.
Hebrews 9:27 tells us that, “It is appointed unto a man once to die and after this the judgment”. But from this chapter we learn that not only is judgment coming in the future, but we might also have to experience God’s judgment personally right now if we forget God! Israel definitely faced God’s judgment as a nation and was sent into captivity and scattered across the earth on several occasions in history.
I believe America is actually facing the judgement of God today as we indeed are a broken nation. We are terminally ill! Our families are broken, our cities are broken, our government is broken, our churches for the most part are anemic and broken, and individuals are personally broken morally, mentally, emotionally and even physically because we have forgotten God!
Moses gave the people of Israel this same message in Deuteronomy 8 just before they were about to finally go into the Promise Land. He warned them: “When you have eaten and are full, then you shall bless the LORD your God for the good land which He has given you. "Beware that you do not forget the LORD your God by not keeping His commandments, His judgments, and His statutes which I command you today, lest--when you have eaten and are full, and have built beautiful houses and dwell in them; and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and your gold are multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied; when your heart is lifted up, and you forget the LORD your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage…” (Deuteronomy 8:10-14).
Moses concluded this chapter with these words: “…Then you say in your heart, 'My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth.' And you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. Then it shall be, if you by any means forget the LORD your God, and follow other gods, and serve them and worship them, I testify against you this day that you shall surely perish. As the nations which the LORD destroys before you, so you shall perish, because you would not be obedient to the voice of the LORD your God” (Deuteronomy 8:17-20).
This is a message given often in the Bible such as in Psalm 9:17: “The wicked shall be turned into hell, And all the nations that forget God.” Here in Psalm 50, God says, “Now consider this, you who forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver.” In other words, we had better think about what will happen, if after we have been so blessed with material prosperity, and we start thinking we deserve it because we are so intelligent and strong.
And we forget that it was God who blessed us with the strength and wisdom because we were humble and depended on Him for everything. We sought to worship Him as individuals and as a nation with grateful and thankful hearts. We honored God by giving our tithes and offerings, going to worship on Sundays, respecting life, and the property of others, publicly proclaiming His name and recognizing He was the one who blessed us!
God sometimes has to “tear” us up to get our attention and no one can deliver us from His judgment! But thank God for the last verse of this chapter! When we find ourselves broken, helpless and hopeless, and we humbly confess our sins in true hearts of repentance, return to the Lord in obedience, with grateful hearts of praise, He has promised to show us His great salvation!
God is definitely “tearing up” America today. Maybe He is “tearing” you up today! My friend He is not doing it to destroy you, but to preserve you, and bring you to your senses so you will return to Him and experience His salvation!