"You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore!"
Whenever you read a passage of scripture like this one, you understand why many scholars over the years have called David the "sweet Psalmist of Israel." This brief Psalm is filled with marvelous truth that causes us to see David as a great man of faith as he worships the Lord in the beauty of holiness. Yet I clearly remember learning years ago that everything about this man was not always wonderful and cheery. Some of the Psalms that God had David to pen are filled with images of mental confusion, emotional fear, relational conflicts, spiritual turmoil, and personal hopelessness.
I believe the key to understanding this great promise in Psalm 50:15 is found in the last phrase: "And you shall glorify Me." For the sincere believer, that sums up his or her heart's desire. The Bible says in I Corinthians 10:31: "Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." Those of us who have experienced His grace in Christ, should be living to glorify, honor, and exalt Him in everything that we do. Sure, we will all make poor choices and decisions from time to time, but He will break our hearts in divine discipline, bringing us back into a proper fellowship with Himself. This work of personal and spiritual renewal will adjust our inner desires to once again seek to glorify Him. This is not true for the unbeliever, however, as the Bible says they do not "glorify Him... they became fools... and God gave them over to a reprobate mind." (Romans 1:18-32)
Beloved, living and trusting in the precious promises of God's word requires a relationship with Him. Spiritual maturity demands that we stop handing out empty promises to a lost and dying world that despises our God and hates His Son. Yes, it's wonderful to know that in the day of trouble, those of us washed pure and clean by the blood of Christ can call upon His name for grace, strength, and deliverance. Hallelujah! But for those who have not been redeemed, God only desires to hear from them: "God be merciful to me a sinner. Forgive me of my horrible sin. Save my by your grace as I trust Jesus. Please make me forever alive in Him. Amen." If you realize today that you're lost and undone, you are in eternal TROUBLE, and God can deliver you right now, and you will then be able to glorify Him. Praise the Lord!
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