What does it say?
Psalm 50 is ascribed to Asaph. Like Heman and Ethan, Asaph was one of the key Levitical leaders in worship appointed to the task by David, and this is why psalms such as this are placed here in our chronological reading. This psalm calls for people to go beyond mere religion of forms and tradition and into a genuine relationship with God as evidenced by our obedience to his truth in the way we live our lives.
Psalm 53 is very similar to Psalm 14, both by David, and decries the folly of atheism. David’s Psalm 60 is tied to the events of 2Sam 8 and 1Chr 18 and the military campaigns against nations to the east and that we read about yesterday. David celebrates the victories that God gives to his people.
Another Psalm of Asaph, Psalm 75 is impossible to match with a particular occasion. It is a psalm of thanksgiving for the sovereignty of God as the great and only Judge.
What does it mean?
Some of the psalms that we have read have been intensely personal in subject matter. Others, like these, are more given to understanding the communal nature of all the psalms. Pause and reflect on the way these psalms were sung repeatedly by the assembly and the way in which they must have ministered to the people. Putting new music to the psalms is still popular today – and should be. Setting aside staunch Western individualism, how can we better connect with each other and with God Himself in our times of assembly? How does my attitude affect others around me? Do I disturb with my goings and comings, commentaries or body language? Or, does my presence in the Body of Christ encourage others to worship, praise, grow and go?
How will I respond?
What one step might I take to enhance the worship experience of the entire assembled church in addition to just thinking of my personal experience? How can I pray to this end today?