Today’s reading is: Psa. 50; 73-74
- Psalm 50 is the first of the twelve psalms of Asaph (Ps. 50, 73-83).
- Asaph describes a Sovereign Subpoena issued to all the earth (Ps. 50:1-6).
- The eternal judgment is not based upon external ritual, but the internal reality of the worshipper’s heart (Ps. 50:7-15).
- The eternal judgment of unbelievers is based upon a rejection of God’s Word—specifically His gospel message of salvation in Christ (Ps. 50:16-21). The urgency of this eternal condemnation motivates the giving and receiving of the gospel (Ps. 50:22-23).
- Asaph composed a psalm which describes his own close call with spiritual failure (Ps. 73:2).
- The psalmist failed in the mental attitude sin of envy (Ps. 73:3-9), and it nearly brought about his downfall into overt sin (Ps. 73:2).
- The psalmist knows that he must keep his heart pure (Ps. 73:1,13), and yet many of his associates are going the way of wickedness (Ps. 73:10-14).
- The psalmist wrestled with his spiritual responsibilities, and knew that he must set the right example (Ps. 73:15-28).
- He found comfort in God’s sanctuaries (prayer reference) (v.15).
- He obtained an eternal perspective (vv.16-20).
- The Word of God pierced his soul, and the hand of God led him through the test (vv.21-24).
- His intimacy with the LORD was his greatest blessing (vv.25-28).
- Asaph views a complete destruction of God’s temple (Ps. 74:1-11).
- Asaph was a contemporary of David, and may have lived long enough to see Solomon’s temple constructed.
- Asaph did not physically see Solomon’s temple destroyed.
- Asaph either saw Nebuchadnezzar’s destruction of the temple during the days of Jeremiah, or
- Asaph saw Antichrist’s destruction of the temple during the Tribulation of Israel.
- Asaph understands the destruction of God’s temple as the work of God’s adversaries (Ps. 74:3-4,10).
- Asaph takes comfort by bringing his thinking back around to the awesome power of God (Ps. 74:12-17). The context of this passage is the power of God in the destruction of the angelic earth.
- Asaph calls upon the LORD to remember His unconditional covenants, and to act in accordance with His own righteousness.