Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.
I. Your Judge Summons You (Psalm 50:1-12).
A. Behold His Majesty & Power (Ps. 50:1-3).
The mighty God, even the LORD, hath spoken, and called the earth
From the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof.
Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty,
God hath shined.
Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence:
A fire shall devour before him,
And it shall be very tempestuous round about him.
B. Behold the Jury & Defendant (Ps. 50:4-6).
He shall call to the heavens from above,
And to the earth, that he may judge his people.
Gather my saints together unto me;
Those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.
And the heavens shall declare his righteousness:
For God is judge himself. Selah.
C. Behold the Charges on the Docket (Ps. 50:7-9).
Hear, O my people, and I will speak;
O Israel, and I will testify against thee:
I am God, even thy God.
For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
I will not reprove thee for thy sacrifices
Or thy burnt offerings, to have been continually before me.
I will take no bullock out of thy house,
Nor he goats out of thy folds.
D. Behold the Truth on Display (Ps. 50:10-12).
For every beast of the forest is mine,
And the cattle upon a thousand hills.
I know all the fowls of the mountains:
And the wild beasts of the field are mine.
If I were hungry, I would not tell thee:
For the world is mine, and the fulness thereof.
II. Your Judge Can Either Sentence or Save (Psalm 50:13-23).
A. Call on Your Deliverer for Salvation (Ps. 50:13-15).
Will I eat the flesh of bulls,
Or drink the blood of goats?
Offer unto God thanksgiving;
And pay thy vows unto the most High:
And call upon me in the day of trouble:
I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.
What was God looking for in Israel down through the ages? He wanted them to be thankful—thankful for the great sacrifice already offered for sin, thankful for the gift to them of the Scriptures, the Son, and the Spirit. He wanted them to be truthful—to pay their vows. He wanted them to be trustful—to call upon Him in the day of trouble, not to trust in their wealth, their works, their worship, or anything else, but in Him.
B. Consider the Fate of the Wicked (Ps. 50:16-18).
But unto the wicked God saith,
What hast thou to do to declare my statutes,
Or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth?
Seeing thou hatest instruction,
And castest my words behind thee.
When thou sawest a thief, then thou consentedst with him,
And hast been partaker with adulterers.
That word “consentedst” is translated by some as “didst delight thyself with” or “found pleasure with” or “ran with.” The idea conveyed is one of full agreement, approval, and fellowship.
C. Correct Thy Evil Ways & Words (Ps. 50:19-21).
Thou givest thy mouth to evil,
And thy tongue frameth deceit.
Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother;
Thou slanderest thine own mother’s son.
These things hast thou done, and I kept silence;
Thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself:
But I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes.
D. Consider & Remember Your God (Ps. 50:22-23).
Now consider this, ye that forget God,
Lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver.
Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me:
And to him that ordereth his conversation aright
Will I shew the salvation of God.