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Journey to Bethlehem, Our Christmas Devotional Day 4 Psalm 50:12-23

Wednesday, December 5

Psalm 50:12-23

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

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 If you see a thief, you are pleased with him,
    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 brother;
    you slander your own mother's son.
21 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.

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


Psalm 50 presents us this Advent with a penetrating challenge. We must beware filling our hearts with disorder. If we do not observe daily a genuine way of living thankfully—a thanksgiving—our hearts will be so torn apart that it really doesn’t matter to what extent our exterior selves seemingly reflect a righteous way of living.

I would not be surprised if God makes a point of getting His back when I comes to people like me.  I know exactly what it means to have a hitherto cold heart kindled with love, and even how to speak re the compelling love of Jesus Christ.

And I know how to be an utter hypocrite. How to keep low company, how to poise my tongue as a launching pad for an endless torrent of deceit, slander and blasphemy. And I am a master at recognizing the Lord’s discipline for anything other than what it is.

“Arise, O Lord; let not man prevail!” (Psalm 9:19). Let this prayer not escape my lips during this season. Let my sacrifices glorify God and let them be ever offered daily in thanksgiving for all God has done for me and mine. Finally, let Him be the orderer of my tongue and heart, that my life may be acceptable come the great day towards which all days look: come the Judgment Day.

And so may it be.