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The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 50:15

The day of trouble. I. HERE IS A DAY THAT WILL COME TO ALL . You may not have hitherto known "trouble;" if so, be thankful, but prepared. The immunity of the past is no protection. Sooner or later it will be said to you, as Eliphaz said to Job, "Now it is come upon thee" ( Job 4:5 ). And this is well. To be without trouble would be to lack one of the chief disciplines of life, and to lay us under the suspicion of being "bastards, not sons." II. HERE IS A DUTY ... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Psalms 50:15

And call upon me in the day of trouble - This is a part of real religion as truly as praise is, Psalms 50:14. This is also the duty and the privilege of all the true worshippers of God. To do this shows where the heart is, as really as direct acts of praise and thanksgiving. The purpose of all that is said here is to show that true religion - the proper service of God - does not consist in the mere offering of sacrifice, but that it is of a spiritual nature, and that the offering of sacrifice... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Psalms 50:15

Psalms 50:15. And call upon me Make conscience of that great duty of constant and fervent prayer to me, which is an acknowledgment of thy subjection to me, and of thy trust and dependance upon me, and therefore is pleasing to me; in the day of trouble When trouble comes, do not endeavour to avoid or extricate thyself from it by sinful shifts and contrivances, nor apply merely or chiefly to creatures for relief, but give glory to me, by applying to me, relying on my promises, and expecting... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Psalms 50:1-23

Psalms 50:0 True worshipIn a scene that displays his awesome majesty, God commands the whole world to stand before his judgment throne (1-3). He is the righteous judge of all the peoples of the world, and his first call to judgment concerns his own people, Israel (4-6).God’s complaint against the Israelites is not that they have failed to offer sacrifices and offerings. Indeed, they have offered them continually (7-8). But God will not accept their offerings. Instead of offering their... read more

Thomas Coke

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible - Psalms 50:14-15

Psalms 50:14-15. Offer unto God, &c.— In these two verses is expressed the establishment of the Christian service, the spiritual oblation of prayer and thanksgiving. By thanksgiving here may be meant not only the blessing God for all his mercies in general; but also that eucharistical sacrifice, in which we particularly bless him for the gift of his son to die for us; we are to pay the vows, to perform the promises and resolutions made at that eucharist, which are constantly to be attended... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Psalms 50:1-23

Psalms 50This psalm pictures God seated in His heavenly throne room. He has two indictments against His people Israel. The wicked among them were hypocritical in their worship, a violation of the first part of the Decalogue, and in their interpersonal relationships, a violation of the second part. They needed to return to Him wholeheartedly. This is a didactic psalm written to teach God’s people an important lesson."This psalm is the speech of God, who addresses his covenant partner concerning... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Psalms 50:14-15

God wanted His people to give Him what giving their animals and produce represented, namely, their gratitude. Thank offerings expressed gratitude for something God had done for the offerer. Votive offerings were also expressions of thanks. God wanted His people to look to Him for their needs, and when He provided, He wanted them to honor Him with gratitude. In other words, He wanted them to enjoy a vital relationship with Himself, not just a formal one in which He was their God and they were... read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - Psalms 50:1-23

The title (A PsALM of Asaph) is discussed in Intro, to Book 3, where the other Pss. of Asaph are found. The present Ps. is one of solemn warning to those who attempt to serve God by formal sacrifices while their lives are full of wickedness. God will come to judge His people (Psalms 50:1-6). He tells the formalists that He does not need animal sacrifices (Psalms 50:7-13), and asks for praise, obedience, and prayer (Psalms 50:14-15). He reproves the hypocrites for their sins (Psalms 50:16-20)... read more

Charles John Ellicott

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers - Psalms 50:9-18

(9-18) Notice the fine tone of irony that pervades this rebuke, the best weapon against ritualistic errors. read more

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