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A Sermon on Psalms 50:1-23

God Himself Is Judge

A Psalm of Asaph.

The Mighty One, God the LORD,
speaks and summons the earth
from the rising of the sun to its setting.
Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty,
God shines forth.


Our God comes; he does not keep silence;
before him is a devouring fire,
around him a mighty tempest.
He calls to the heavens above
and to the earth, that he may judge his people:
“Gather to me my faithful ones,
who made a covenant with me by sacrifice!”
The heavens declare his righteousness,
for God himself is judge! Selah


“Hear, O my people, and I will speak;
O Israel, I will testify against you.
I am God, your God.
Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you;
your burnt offerings are continually before me.
I will not accept a bull from your house
or goats from your folds.
For every beast of the forest is mine,
the cattle on a thousand hills.
I know all the birds of the hills,
and all that moves in the field is mine.


“If I were hungry, I would not tell you,
for the world and its fullness are mine.
Do I eat the flesh of bulls
or drink the blood of goats?
Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving,
and perform your vows to the Most High,
and call upon me in the day of trouble;
I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.”


But to the wicked God says:
“What right have you to recite my statutes
or take my covenant on your lips?
For you hate discipline,
and you cast my words behind you.
If you see a thief, you are pleased with him,
and you keep company with adulterers.


“You give your mouth free rein for evil,
and your tongue frames deceit.
You sit and speak against your brother;
you slander your own mother’s son.
These things you have done, and I have been silent;
you thought that I was one like yourself.
But now I rebuke you and lay the charge before you.


“Mark this, then, you who forget God,
lest I tear you apart, and there be none to deliver!
The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me;
to one who orders his way rightly
I will show the salvation of God!” (ESV)

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The sinner thinks God is like himself. He believes God will simply forget his sin. He assumes God will forget it and not deal with it. Does God overlook our sin? Is He not the solemn judge of the heavens and earth? The atheist outright rejects this God. His life is lived accordingly with no contradiction. The atheist believes there is no God and his actions mirror those beliefs. In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones sets forth to express how there is a man worse than the atheist: the man who claims to believe in God yet lives his life as if there is no God. Exploring Psalm 50:1-23, he explains that this man believes that God is like himself. He believes that God will not deal with sin. This man ignores God’s wrath. He denies God’s judgement, assuming there is no hell. He minimizes his own sin. His error is not simply doctrinal deficiency. This man has made a god in his own image. On the contrary, God wants us to know who He truly is. Listen as Dr. Lloyd-Jones calls the hearer to rightly know God and see His salvation so that we may live out lives praising and glorifying His name.


Additional Scripture Translations

Psalms 50:1-23, New American Standard Bible

PSALM 50

God, the Judge of the Righteous and the Wicked.

A Psalm of Asaph.

1The Mighty One, God, the Lord, has spoken

And summoned the earth, from the rising of the sun to its setting.

2Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty,

God has shone.

3May our God come and not keep silent;

Fire devours before Him,

And a storm is violently raging around Him.

4He summons the heavens above,

And the earth, to judge His people:

5“Gather My godly ones to Me,

Those who have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice.”

6And the heavens declare His righteousness,

For God Himself is judge. Selah

7“Hear, My people, and I will speak;

Israel, I will testify against you;

I am God, your God.

8I do not rebuke you for your sacrifices,

And your burnt offerings are continually before Me.

9I will not take a bull from your house,

Nor male goats from your folds.

10For every animal of the forest is Mine,

The cattle on a thousand hills.

11I know every bird of the mountains,

And everything that moves in the field is Mine.

12If I were hungry I would not tell you,

For the world is Mine, and everything it contains.

13Shall I eat the flesh of bulls

Or drink the blood of male goats?

14Offer God a sacrifice of thanksgiving

And pay your vows to the Most High;

15Call upon Me on the day of trouble;

I will rescue you, and you will honor Me.”

16But to the wicked God says,

“What right do you have to tell of My statutes

And to take My covenant in your mouth?

17For you yourself hate discipline,

And you throw My words behind you.

18When you see a thief, you become friends with him,

And you associate with adulterers.

19You let your mouth loose in evil,

And your tongue harnesses deceit.

20You sit and speak against your brother;

You slander your own mother’s son.

21These things you have done and I kept silent;

You thought that I was just like you;

I will rebuke you and present the case before your eyes.

22“Now consider this, you who forget God,

Or I will tear you in pieces, and there will be no one to save you.

23He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors Me;

And to him who sets his way properly

I will show the salvation of God.”

Psalms 50:1-23, King James Version

A Psalm of Asaph.

1The mighty God, even the LORD, hath spoken, and called the earth from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof.

2Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined.

3Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about him.

4He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that he may judge his people.

5Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.

6And the heavens shall declare his righteousness: for God is judge himself. Selah.

7Hear, O my people, and I will speak; O Israel, and I will testify against thee: I am God, even thy God.

8I will not reprove thee for thy sacrifices or thy burnt offerings, to have been continually before me.

9I will take no bullock out of thy house, nor he goats out of thy folds.

10For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills.

11I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine.

12If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof.

13Will I eat the flesh of bulls, or drink the blood of goats?

14Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High:

15And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.

16But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth?

17Seeing thou hatest instruction, and castest my words behind thee.

18When thou sawest a thief, then thou consentedst with him, and hast been partaker with adulterers.

19Thou givest thy mouth to evil, and thy tongue frameth deceit.

20Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother; thou slanderest thine own mother’s son.

21These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes.

22Now consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver.

23Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.


About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.