Before You Read Psalm 51 Again…


…you should read Psalm 50. Because when they are read together prayerfully, they are a powerful testimony for the faithful and the backslidden in the last days.

Psalm 50 speaks of the time when the Lord will call all the earth, “from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof” (Ps. 50:1) to judgment. It will not be a secret judgment, as many in the faith have been led to believe. All the world will behold their God coming in the clouds as Israel saw Him on Mt. Sinai (Exod. 19:16-20; Matt. 24:29-31).

“Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about him” (Ps. 50:3).

To the righteous and wicked alike, God gives counsel through this psalm of Asaph. Those whom God will gather to Him on the Day of Judgment, His saints, will have made “a covenant with me by sacrifice” (Ps. 50:5). To those who are keeping the commandments of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ by His sacrifice on the cross (Deut. 4:13; Jn. 14:15, 21; Rev. 12:17, 14:12, 19:10), the Lord commands them,

“Offer unto thy God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High: And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me” (Ps. 50:14, 15).

But mark whom the Lord is addressing as wicked in this psalm. He is not speaking to the ungodly masses. The psalm makes it plain; God is judging His people (Ps. 50:4). He is speaking directly to those among us who have fallen in sin!

“But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth? Seeing thou hatest instruction, and casteth my words behind thee” (Ps. 50:16, 17).

Only those in the faith who have fallen in sin would commit the many sins the Lord lists while still professing to uphold His statutes and keep His covenant (Ps. 50:18-20). Through committing the same sins as the wicked, those backslidden in the faith are testifying that they hate the Word of God and its instructions. Because they were not swiftly punished for their evil deeds, these fallen saints grew to believe, as the wicked do, that God is just as evil as they are (Ps. 50:21).

But God still loves His backslidden people. He will continue to reach out to them as He has always done, from the days of Adam to the time of the final crisis, the time of trouble (Ps. 50:15; Dan. 12:1). When those fallen men and women finally see that the day the Lord has prophesied of for generations has finally come, they will be reproved (Ps. 50:21). When those backslidden in the faith are pricked by the Holy Spirit, now or in those days, they will return to the Lord.  They will finally be able to prayerfully read Psalm 51 and cry out to God as the repentant King David once did in his sin.

If you are in such a backslidden state in your faith, I encourage you to consider reading Psalms 50 and 51. God has not forgotten you and He will make that very plain for you if you ask Him in faith. Ask Him to reach out to you personally to call you back to Him. Will you turn back to Him or will you turn back to a world that tells you every single day that it loves evil and hates good? Call upon Him as David did in his sin and He will surely deliver you in the day of trouble.

“Now consider this, ye that forget God…Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God” (Ps. 50:23).

“And David said…I have sinned against the Lord” (2 Sam. 12:13).

“Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions” (Ps. 51:1).


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