The principles that shall guide the judgment of the Righteous One at the gathering of the Saints

God has spoken, and He sends forth His light and truth out of Zion, which is the perfection of beauty. And His living Word will come to pass. He will also come according to promise, in judgment, for He is the judge of all the earth, and of the quick and the dead.

His Word exposes formalism in v. 7-15, and then to v. 21, hypocrisy. These twin evils are the bane of the church, and often sully her beauty. Our Lord continually rebuked the Pharisees for their insistent formality, which is emphasised by the keeping of the vain traditions of men. But He also warned His disciples, “Beware of the leaven of hypocrisy.” A little leaven of either will leaven the whole lump.

Rather, His covenant people, His saints are to glorify Him. And they do so by the sincerity and spontaneity of praise, with an accompanying rectitude of life and speech (v. 23). 

Psalm 50 - Second Version

   1  The mighty God, the Lord, hath spoke,
         and called the earth upon,
      Ev'n from the rising of the sun
         unto his going down.

   2  From out of Zion, his own hill,
         where the perfection high
      Of beauty is, from thence the Lord
         hath shined gloriously.

   3  Our God shall come, and shall no more
         be silent, but speak out:
      Before him fire shall waste, great storms
         shall compass him about.

   4  He to the heavens from above,
         and to the earth below,
      Shall call, that he his judgments may
         before his people show.

   5  Let all my saints together be
         unto me gathered;
      Those that by sacrifice with me
         a covenant have made.

   6  And then the heavens shall declare
         his righteousness abroad:
      Because the Lord himself doth come;
         none else is judge but God.

   7  Hear, O my people, and I'll speak;
         O Israel by name,
      Against thee I will testify;
         God, ev'n thy God, I am.

   8  I for thy sacrifices few
         reprove thee never will,
      Nor for burnt-off'rings to have been
         before me offered still.

   9  I'll take no bullock nor he-goats
         from house nor folds of thine:
  10  For beasts of forests, cattle all
         on thousand hills, are mine.

  11  The fowls are all to me well known
         that mountains high do yield;
      And I do challenge as mine own
         the wild beasts of the field.

  12  If I were hungry, I would not
         to thee for need complain;
      For earth, and all its fullness, doth
         to me of right pertain.

  13  That I to eat the flesh of bulls
         take pleasure dost thou think?
      Or that I need, to quench my thirst,
         the blood of goats to drink?

  14  Nay, rather unto me, thy God,
         thanksgiving offer thou:
      To the most High perform thy word,
         and fully pay thy vow:

  15  And in the day of trouble great
         see that thou call on me;
      I will deliver thee, and thou
         my name shalt glorify.

  16  But God unto the wicked saith,
         Why should'st thou mention make
      Of my commands? how dar'st thou in
         thy mouth my cov'nant take?

  17  Since it is so that thou dost hate
         all good instruction;
      And since thou cast'st behind thy back,
         and slight'st my words each one.

  18  When thou a thief didst see, then straight
         thou join'dst with him in sin,
      And with the vile adulterers
         thou hast partaker been.

  19  Thy mouth to evil thou dost give,
         thy tongue deceit doth frame.
  20  Thou sitt'st, and 'gainst thy brother speak'st,
         thy mother's son to shame.

  21  These things thou wickedly hast done,
         and I have silent been:
      Thou thought'st that I was like thyself,
         and did approve thy sin:

      But I will sharply thee reprove,
         and I will order right
      Thy sins and thy transgressions
         in presence of thy sight.

  22  Consider this, and be afraid,
         ye that forget the Lord,
      Lest I in pieces tear you all,
         when none can help afford.

  23  Who off'reth praise me glorifies:
         I will shew God's salvation
      To him that ordereth aright
         his life and conversation.

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