When I mention “psalms” what images come to you? I see a David-like figure in a toga on a rock surrounded by sheep strumming a harp. You know, like this coloring page. Go ahead, you can click on it, print it and color it, if you’d like. 🙂
Comforting image, right? The psalms, they comfort, don’t they? And that is good, when we need comfort. The thing is, while I’ve been reading the psalms, I’ve noticed that they aren’t all comforting, though comfort might come. Some allow the psalmist to wail, some ask for the Lord to show His hand, some are historical, some are for the soul, etc.
I believe Psalm 50 is prophetic.
The Merriam Webster online dictionary defines prophecy as “the inspired declaration of divine will and purpose.” It also says that the word relates to a prediction. Psalm 50 is a declaration from the Lord. Through the Psalmist, He speaks:
Psalm 50: 7 “Hear, O My people, and I will speak;
O Israel, I will testify against you;
I am God, your God.”
Powerful! The maker of Heaven and Earth spoke to the Psalmist and wanted YOU to hear it!
In Psalm 50, God reminds us that He is the Omnipotent One, the One who has all in His hands. The owner and originator of all things:
Psalm 50:10 “For every beast of the forest is Mine,
The cattle on a thousand hills.”
Go ahead. Read Psalm 50 out loud. You can’t help but feel the power that the Lord is conveying. I don’t know about you, but it makes me more confident in the future to know that the one who calls me “friend” and “daughter” owns the cattle on a thousand hills.
I join Asaph in proclaiming:
Psalm 75: 9 But as for me, I will declare it forever;
I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.