Have you sung the words that begin this psalm lately?
Mighty God is El, Elohim, Jehovah, the God of infinite power, justice, and mercy.
"The Mighty One, God, the Lord, has spoken,
And summoned all the earth
from the rising of the sun to its setting."
(verse 1 NASV)
You have received your summons.
The court will be in session.
It will take all day, from the rising of the sun to its setting.
There was another song writer alongside of David, Asaph, who is thought to have written twelve of the Psalms, including this one. He is mentioned by Hezekiah, Nehemiah, and in I Chronicles. Asaph was called a seer, a prophetic man, one on whom the Spirit of God rested. In the Old Testament, there were visitations of the Holy Spirit, but to have it said that the Spirit of God rested on one is astounding. No wonder he was held in high esteem, him and "his band."
Bach and old Asaph, yep, two peas in a pod.
"Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty,
God has shone forth.
May our God come and not keep silent;
Fire devours before Him,
And it is very tempestuous around Him."
Perfection of beauty, is the beauty of holiness.
"There is a peculiar beauty about godly old age--the beauty of holiness."
(I've had this written in the fly leaf of my Bible for thirty years or so, and now I hope I am somewhat closer, as it is my goal to shine as such and to grow in the glow.)
This perfection of beauty is immediately tied to tempestuous fire:
Sweetness with a lot of spicy hot sauce!
It is an interesting combo,
especially if tied to a person's life.
In common slang, to say she is "hot,"
means she is very beautiful, desirable.
How "hot" are you?
This perfection of beauty is where God's court is called to order, it is the Church represented by "out of Zion" is where the Law and God's perfect Word has come forth. "The beauty where all perfection is comprised." (Adam Clarke's interpretation) From this beauty, God has shined. Shekinah Glory, tempestuous, devouring fire. Think of Pentecost when cloven tongues of fire fell. Glory! Jesus Himself said, "I have come to cast fire upon the earth; and how I wish it were already kindled." (Luke 12:49) Now that's an amazing thought to ponder.
"The Lord came from Sinai,
And dawned on them from Seir;
He shone forth from Mount Paran,
And He came from the midst
of ten thousand holy ones;
At His right hand there was
flashing lightning for them.
Indeed, He loves the people;
All Thy holy ones are in Thy hand,
And they followed in Thy steps;
Everyone receives of Thy words."
"And the Law will go forth from Zion,
And the word of the Lord from Jerusalem."
I listened to a band, Paramour, and their poetical lyrics speak to this...
"Like the moon we borrow our light,
I am nothing but a shadow in the night.
So if you let me,
I will catch fire,
to let your glory
You babies might not remember the old, old chorus that was in the beginning of contemporary worship, "It only takes a spark to get a fire going." But there it is. A song that was sung sitting on huge logs around a campfire.
We will present the rest of the court case tomorrow as Psalm 50 is continued...