God’s Rebuke

Psalm 50:16-23

16 But to the wicked God says:
“What right have you to recite my statutes,
or take my covenant on your lips?
17 For you hate discipline,
and you cast my words behind you.
18 You make friends with a thief when you see one,
and you keep company with adulterers.
19 “You give your mouth free rein for evil,
and your tongue frames deceit.
20 You sit and speak against your kin;
you slander your own mother’s child.
21 These things you have done and I have been silent;
you thought that I was one just like yourself.
But now I rebuke you, and lay the charge before you.
22 “Mark this, then, you who forget God,
or I will tear you apart, and there will be no one to deliver.
23 Those who bring thanksgiving as their sacrifice honor me;
to those who go the right way
I will show the salvation of God.”  NRSV

The Sunday morning messages the past few Sundays have focused on the individual pathways to God, pathways paved with the principles of faith we are required to embrace as a part of that journey. The Psalmist here records God’s sharp rebuke to those who think the principles of faith are optional or beneath them or meant only for the weak-minded. Then God reminds us that there is a “right way” to live out and into the salvation of God.

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