God Himself Is Judge
A Psalm of #1 Chr. 6:39; 15:17; 16:5, 7; 25:2; 2 Chr. 29:30Asaph.
Josh. 22:22 The Mighty One, God the Lord,
speaks and summons the earth
from the rising of the sun to its setting.
2Out of Zion, #[Lam. 2:15]; See Ps. 48:2 the perfection of beauty,
Ps. 80:1; 94:1; Deut. 33:2 God shines forth.
3Our God comes; he #[Ex. 19:16] does not keep silence;#50:3 Or May our God come, and not keep silence
before him is a devouring #Ps. 21:9; 97:3; Lev. 10:2; Num. 16:35; Dan. 7:10fire,
around him a mighty tempest.
Deut. 4:26; 31:28; 32:1; Isa. 1:2; Mic. 6:1, 2 He calls to the heavens above
and to the earth, that he may judge his people:
5“Gather to me my faithful ones,
who made #Ex. 24:7, 8; See Gen. 15:9-18a covenant with me by sacrifice!”
Ps. 89:5; 97:6; [Rev. 16:5, 7; 19:2] The heavens declare his righteousness,
for #Ps. 58:11; 75:7God himself is judge! Selah
Ps. 81:8; [Ps. 49:1] “Hear, O my people, and I will speak;
O Israel, I will testify against you.
I am God, your God.
8Not for your sacrifices #See Ps. 40:6do I rebuke you;
your burnt offerings are continually before me.
9I will not accept a bull from your house
or goats from your folds.
10For every beast of the forest is mine,
the cattle on a thousand hills.
11 # [Matt. 10:29] I know all the birds of the hills,
and all that moves in the field is mine.
12“If I were hungry, I would not tell you,
# See Ps. 24:1 for the world and its fullness are mine.
13Do I eat the flesh of bulls
or drink the blood of goats?
14 # ver. 23; Ps. 27:6; 69:30; 107:22; Heb. 13:15; [Hos. 14:2; Rom. 12:1] Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving,#50:14 Or Make thanksgiving your sacrifice to God
and #Ps. 22:25; 61:8; 65:1; 76:11; 116:14, 18; Num. 30:2; Deut. 23:21; Job 22:27; Eccles. 5:4, 5perform your vows to the Most High,
15and #Ps. 81:7; Zech. 13:9; [Ps. 107:6] call upon me in the day of trouble;
I will #Ps. 91:15 deliver you, and you shall #ver. 23; Ps. 22:23glorify me.”
16But to the wicked God says:
“What right have you to recite my statutes
or take my covenant on your lips?
17 # [Rom. 2:21, 22] For you hate discipline,
1 Kgs. 14:9; Neh. 9:26 and you cast my words behind you.
18If you see a thief, #Rom. 1:32 you are pleased with him,
# [1 Tim. 5:22] and you keep company with adulterers.
19“You give your mouth free rein for evil,
# [Ps. 52:2] and your tongue frames deceit.
20You sit and speak against your brother;
you slander your own mother’s son.
21These things you have done, and I #Eccles. 8:11; Isa. 57:11 have been silent;
you thought that I#50:21 Or that the I am was one like yourself.
But now I #Ps. 90:8; 2 Kgs. 19:4 rebuke you and #Job 13:18; 23:4lay the charge before you.
22“Mark this, then, you who #See Ps. 9:17 forget God,
lest I tear you apart, and there be #Ps. 7:2none to deliver!
23The one who #ver. 14, 15 offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me;
to one who #[Gal. 6:16] orders his way rightly
I will show the #Ps. 91:16salvation of God!”