Pondering the Psalms - Psalm 50

Each Sunday I am going to choose a Psalm and write down some brief thoughts on  it.

Today I'm looking at Psalm 50

I have picked out just a few of the verses to dwell on:

V. 5
When we became Christians we entered into a covenant with God through the sacrifice of Jesus and so we should be coming to Him remembering that He expects us to make sacrifices for Him.

V. 7
God wants His people to listen to Him because He is their God.

V. 14
The main sacrifice He desires of us is Thanksgiving.

V. 15
He wants to be glorified through us His people as others will see how He helps us.

V. 16-22
God speaks in a contrasting way to the wicked, He has not been blind to their ways.

V. 23
We are not honouring God when we do not come with thanksgiving in our hearts.
We must all put our life in order and then we will be able to glorify God, so we must come with praise & thanksgiving at all times.

There are two main aspects of our lives that are highlighted in this Psalm in verses 15 and 23.

God tells us to call on Him in our time of trouble so we shouldn't feel bad using this type of emergency prayer.
God will deliver us - it is a promise!   What if we hadn't called on Him?

We shall glorify Him by:
  • Turning to Him
  • The way He answers our cry of help
  • The faith built up in our hearts through this experience.

Obviously if we are complaining we have not got a heart of Praise and we are being disobedient to God and will not be able to bring Him glory.
Praise & Thanksgiving will also open us up being used more by God.

God wants more Prayer & Praise in our lives.

I am reminded here again of man's chief end 


as we like to say these days "our purpose"

which is 

to Glorify God and Enjoy Him forever.


  1. Love these thoughts!

  2. What a thought provoking reflection on Psalm 50 Sandra! I am always so encouraged when I find another believer sharing their faith! I was definitely inspired reading your post today. I try to begin all my prayers with thanksgiving because everything I have and every day is truly a blessing from God! I really love how you broke down this passage for us. I will definitely plan to visit your site again in the future. Thank you for sharing. May God bless you and yours. Have a wonderful weekend!

  3. Coming to God with praise in my heart, even when things are hard, reminds me of the glory to come and encourages me in the present moment: we serve a Holy Lord who is mighty and powerful!

  4. I love where you point out that the main sacrifice he desires is Thanksgiving. We see this repeatedly throughout Scripture. The role of gratitude in our lives is huge - many self-help gurus have pointed that out - but who should we thank and praise above all? Our Heavenly Father.