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Psalm 50[a]

The Acceptable Sacrifice

A psalm of Asaph.


The God of gods, the Lord,
    has spoken and summoned the earth
    from the rising of the sun to its setting.(A)
From Zion, the perfection of beauty,
God shines forth.(B)

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  1. Psalm 50 A covenant lawsuit stating that the sacrifice God really wants is the sacrifice of praise accompanied by genuine obedience (cf. Mi 6:1–8). It begins with a theophany and the summoning of the court (Ps 50:1–6). Then in direct address God explains what is required of the faithful (Ps 50:7–15), rebukes the hypocritical worshiper (Ps 50:16–21), and concludes with a threat and a promise (Ps 50:22–23; cf. Is 1:19–20).

“Gather my loyal ones to me,
    those who made a covenant with me by sacrifice.”
The heavens proclaim his righteousness,
    for God himself is the judge.(A)

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14 Offer praise as your sacrifice to God;(A)
    fulfill your vows to the Most High.
15 Then call on me on the day of distress;(B)
    I will rescue you, and you shall honor me.”

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