Psalm 50:22-23 (JDV)
Psalm 50:22 “Understand this, you who forget God, or I will tear you apart, and there will be no one to rescue you.
Psalm 50:23 Whoever sacrifices a thank offering appreciates me, and whoever orders his conduct, I will show him the deliverance of God.”
Usually my mind is sharp, and I can remember most of the things I have learned, but I don’t remember things I have experienced. But I always remember people and their names usually come to mind when I see them.
When the psalmist talks about people who forget God, he’s referring to those who choose to forget him. There are lots of people today who know something about the God of the Bible, but who choose to live their lives as if he weren’t there.
There are two ways the psalmist gives in which a person can acknowledge God’s existence in his or her life. First, it is by worship. The thank offering was a means of worship for the Israelites. When was the last time you worshiped God?
The second way is what the psalmist calls ordering one’s conduct. This is a real tell. A person who has chosen to forget God lives a seesaw life — good and bad constantly fighting for dominance. Such a person is not all bad, but does not seem to have enough control of his or her life to be constant. Conduct is unpredictable.
Lord, we know you are there. Help us to remind ourselves by faithfully worshiping you, and to conduct our lives by means of your truth consistently.