The Mighty One, God, the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to the place where it sets. From Zion, perfect in beauty, God shines forth. Our God comes and will not be silent; a fire devours before him. Psalm 50:1-3 (NIV)
Psalm 50 gathers all the people before the Lord in one great judgment scene. Judgment exposes our hearts to fear and is somehow equated with punishment. But this Psalm from the very beginning should elicit awe. Trembling, wondering, amazing awe of God. He bears seven titles in the Psalm, three in the first verse alone.
The Mighty One – El (The Strong One)
God – Elohim (The All-Powerful One, Creator)
The LORD – Jehovah (I AM, The One Who Is, The Self-Existent One)
This God shines forth and we know beyond a doubt – we do not exist for ourselves. We were created and are cared for by this God, who has the power to summon the earth from east to west. May this awareness shape our hearts in righteousness and prepare us for this calling.
1-3 The God of gods—it’s God!—speaks out, shouts, “Earth!”
welcomes the sun in the east,
farewells the disappearing sun in the west.
From the dazzle of Zion,
God blazes into view.
Our God makes his entrance,
he’s not shy in his coming.
Starbursts of fireworks precede him.” (The Message)