每日诗歌: How Great Thou Art (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1hVY7bmqsA&spfreload=1)
诗篇50篇也是讲审判。这个审判不是关于一次违反人的法律，而是冒犯全能神的所有罪行的总回顾。 “他招呼上天下地，为要审判他的民”（诗50:4）。这里“他的人”不是指过去和现在的整个人类，而是“那些用祭物与我立约的”圣民（50:5）。确实，“审判要从神的家起首”（彼前 4:17）。他的选民有可以不被定罪（罗8:1），但审判是不可避免的（希伯来书9:27）。
Psalm 50 [Read]
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Psalm 52 [Read]
Acts 27:1-25 [Read]
Have you ever stood in front of a judge in the court room? My sole experience on this came from a traffic violation, which I was caught on the spot with radar gun. Even though the prosecutor had already reduced the punishment beforehand and the judge was fairly nice and reasonable, I was still very nervous knowing that I had done wrong according to the law and was caught. I was penitent and ready to accept the consequence, but the feeling of facing the judgment was still unforgettable.
Psalm 50 is also about judgment. This judgment is not about a one-time violation against the human law, but a collective review of all offenses against the Almighty God. “He summons the heavens above, and the earth, that he may judge his people” (Ps 50:4). “His people” here is not referring to the whole human race, past and present, but the consecrated ones “who made a covenant with me by sacrifice” (50:5). Indeed, “for it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God” (1Pt 4:17). There may not be condemnation for his elect (Rom 8:1), but the judgment is unavoidable (Heb 9:27).
The wicked hypocrites will be judged harshly. “What right have you to recite my laws or take my covenant on your lips?” (Ps 50:16). The superficial obedience and spiritual façade can only fool men, not God. In reality, “you hate my instruction and cast my words behind you” (50:17). The warning was stern: “consider this, you who forget God, or I will tear you to pieces, with none to rescue” (50:22). How can anyone who knew God not be terrified by such words? How can anyone still deny the reality of God’s wrath?
For those who sacrifice with thanksgiving, they honor God and end up preparing the way for their salvation from God (50:23). God’s grace is unconditional and unmerited, but he does ask us to show our thanksgiving in all things. The interesting reality is that such way of living, giving thanks to all things and under all circumstances, is in itself a blessing of the present life. Complaining always brings more things to complain about, whereas giving thanks always bring more things to give thanks for. Don’t wait till we stand before the judgment seat and regret. Give thanks now and fulfill your vows to the Most High (50:14). Let his blessing begin to flow into your life.
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