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When I was younger some of my favorite type of TV shows to watch at least during the day when you have nothing to do was courtroom television and one of my favorite courtroom TV judges was Judge Judy and how many of you ever watched Judge Judy but she's a pretty interesting woman she's kind of a no-nonsense wisecracking woman whose arbitrating over different cases and as I was thinking about Judge Judy I googled quotes about Judge Judy and she has a lot of interesting quotes I remember her saying when she's on TV and she's arbitrating cases and she says things like beauty fades dumb is forever don't she says don't pee on my leg and tell me it's raining it's an interesting interesting one she says I love the truth if you don't tell me the truth you're gonna be eating your shoes just think about a judge saying that you can like I don't know how to take that right now what does that mean or I eat morons like you for breakfast you're gonna be crying before this is over I think there's plenty of people who probably were crying before it was over and she says things like I'm the boss applesauce anyhow but I remember watching watching Judge Judy and she just kind of just being you know kind of this wisecracking woman who would just go after people now why do I bring up Judge Judy in courtroom television well because we're looking this morning really at a courtroom scene Psalm 50 is a courtroom scene where we find not Judge Judy as the judge arbitrating a case but we find God God is a judge he's bringing about criminal charges against his very own people Israel and were brought into this scene to see exactly what goes on what God says and what happens there's three sections in this Psalm we're gonna break this all into three sections the first is the judge appears verses 1 through 6 the second is the judge brings about charges verses 7 through 21 the bulk of the text and then the last section is the judge gives the solution verses 22 and 23 the first section the judge appears the psalmist here who is known to be a cefe SF was one of David's chief musicians introduces us to this judge verse 20 says the Mighty One God the Lord speaks now the judge is introduced with three significant Old Testament names the mighty one God in the Lord in the first two are the shorter or and longer forms of the most common word or title for God in the Old Testament but the third is a special name that God had revealed to the nation of Israel which is the name Yahweh and so the judge this introduced here to us is Yahweh God the God of Israel what the scripture teaches that this God is the one true God the one who has created all of heaven and Oliver earth he has created you and I and as the creator of all thinks he has the right to judge all things he is the divine judge and he is the greatest of all judges to ever exist and the psalmist continues to convey this idea that he is the divine judge the greatest of all judges not only by the title he uses but also by the fact that this judge God summons all people into his presence and verse one he says he speaks and he summons the earth from the rising of the Sun to its setting as the divine judge he gathers all people from all over the earth to come and stand before him to come into his courtroom if you will no judge in the world is able to accomplish something like this no judge is able to gather all people into their presence but this judge came because he is God he is the divine judge the greatest of all judges and not only do we see the psalmist presenting God as the greatest through the greatest of all judges through the names he uses or his ability gathered all peoples but also through how he appears how he enters in a sense into this courtroom scene verses 2 & 3 give us the imagery of how God appears to the people here in verse 2 he says from Zion the perfection of beauty God appears in radiance our God is coming and he will not be silent devouring fire precedes him and a storm rages around him this idea from Zion the perfection of beauty in short there's a lot to be said about it but in short this ideas from heaven God appears in radiance and the ideas that he shy forth brightly now throughout the Scriptures this is how God appears to people in various points and times over the course of the Scriptures if you remember the Transfiguration of Jesus with Peter James and John or you remember when John saw Jesus appear to him and he wrote that that testimony down in the book of Revelation that in both those cases God appeared Jesus appeared bright and glorious that light was emanating from him but not does he only appear in radiance or in brightness that light is coming for him but look what it says it says that fire will precede him and a storm rages around him the imagery of fire and a storm harkens back to the Old Testament at Mount Sinai in Exodus chapter 19 and Mount Sinai Moses had gathered the people around the base of the mountain and this is what it says in verse 16 it says on the third day when morning came there was Thunder enlightening a thick cloud on the mountain and a very loud trumpet sound so that all the people in the camp shuddered then Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet God and they stood at the foot of the mountain Mount Sinai was completely enveloped in smoke because the Lord came down on it in fire its smoke went up like the smoke of a furnace and the whole mountain shook violently imagine that a mountain shaking and the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder and Moses spoke and God answered him in the Thunder there's this storm raging around this fire that's proceeding God that comes and envelops the mountain smoke going up you think in the summer times when there's storms rolling in and you look outside and you see the clouds getting darker and the wind begins to pick up and the trees begin to really blow hard and then there's lightning and then there's thunder it kind of makes you kind of shudder in your soul there's a little bit of a sense of fear or you think about at night when there's a thunderstorm and if you have kids you know what happens is they all come running into your bed and jump in out of fear and they're trying to hide from the storm and I think this is the idea see God is appearing here with a storm raging around him fire preceding him eating up what has ever in a sense before him because he is trying to invoke fear and his people he is trying to invoke fear in us and there's a sense here trying to bring about an understanding of how serious this situation is God is entering his courtroom to bring about judgement so this scene is a very serious scene and a very sobering scene I believe her own lives as we will continue to look on here in this passage but the psalmist continues he says in verse 4 he says on high he summons heaven and earth in order to judge his people again he's bringing all of heaven and earth here you think about when he says heaven is probably speaking probably in part to the idea that the angelic beings are even present not just all the peoples of the earth but maybe even the angels are present here in this courtroom in the scene everyone is gathered before God as he's about to bring about judgment but against who well he says very clearly he summons heaven and earth in order to judge his people and he says gather my faithful ones to me those who have made a covenant with me by sacrifice well who made a covenant with God by sacrifice well it was the people of Israel the Covenant that was made with God by sacrifices probably speaking back to Mount Sinai Moses the Ten Commandments that Moses brought his brought the people of Israel before God and God is giving them these laws giving them these instructions about how they are to live and God asks them through Moses will you obey me will you follow my instructions in my commands and the people say yes I mean they're sitting here at the base of this mountain the mountain is shaking there's fire there's smoke there's a storm God is speaking through the Thunder and it's of the Thunder and the lightning I mean what are you gonna say to God no of course they sit there they say yes God there struck with fear and what is before them and they respond like any of us would respond and they make a covenant with God and part of every covenant there's a sacrifice and the sacrifice of an animal and there's a splitting of the animal to signify this is what would happen if you break the Covenant you would be torn apart and so there's a sacrifice made with God in order to affirm this covenant that they had God that they're stepping in an agreement saying God we agree we will obey you he will follow you and so this judgment that we see here in this courtroom scene is not outward-facing meaning he is not judging all of humanity right here he's judging his people now that day of judgment for all of humanity will come and we will talk about their in a few moments but he's looking at his people Israel and he brings about charges against his people criminal charges but before we get to these charges I want you to notice something about God is judged here in verse 6 it says the heavens proclaim his righteousness for God is the judge as we've established God is the judge he's the judge of his people he's the judge over the entire world over all creation as the Creator God he has the right to judge his creation but there's something that's important about his judgment his judgment is righteous the word righteous meaning he is it is fair it is just it is always right we never have to worry about God getting his judgment wrong making a wrong judgment he god is not like our court systems he's not biased he's not persuaded he's not bribed God knows exactly what he is doing in the judgment he brings is just and fair whatever punishment he decides to bring about for the crimes that are committed is totally righteous it's good that should bring about some sense of comfort to us because in the reality in life of what we experienced and all the infliction that we can experience them the things that people have done to us we sometimes wondering what is going to happen God are you gonna do anything in God will do something and he will bring about a just judgment form or just more fair than we could ever bring about ourselves and so God here is they just judge judging his people Israel the section two is this is the judge brings about charges God here is in the courtroom his people gathered before him and he brings about charges and he says in verse seven listen my people and I will speak I will testify against you Israel I am God your God he's just reminding them I am God and I am your God and I'm gonna now testify against you and I have two charges to level against you Israel two things that you have done and what you will notice about these two charges these two crimes that God charges Israel with is that they directly relate to the Ten Commandments they directly relate to the Covenant that was made at Mount Sinai see the Ten Commandments are broken down basically into two relational categories the first four Commandments are dealing with our relationship with God the second six Commandments are dealing with our relationships with one another in both charges the first charge is dealing with their relationship with God and the second charge is dealing with their relationships with one another and the relationship with God is all screwed up so it doesn't surprise and surprising that their relationship with one another is also all messed up so these charges are directly connected to the Covenant he has that people have made with God to the keeping particularly of the Ten Commandments what are the charges well the first charge is this is ritualistic worship formalistic worship a kind of a fake hypocritical worship in verse eight God says I do not rebuke you for your sacrifices or for your burnt offerings which are continually before me now what is he talking about here when it comes to sacrifices and burnt offerings well Israel was instructed by God to bring about animal sacrifices sacrifice animals to God it was a part of how Israel was to go about worshiping God you might be thinking how is that an act of worship well because of what the sacrifices were intended to communicate in part the sacrifice was intended to communicate to the people who offered them death Lee needed God you know part of this this animal sacrificial system was to deal with their sin there's a desperate need God we need you there's an understanding God we're wholly dependent upon you and even a sense of gratefulness for what he had done for them but over time something began to happen as they were offering sacrifices to God it's not that they stopped because God says your sacrifices are continually before me they kept bringing sacrifices before God they kept bringing burnt offerings to God but rather what seemed to be going on is that their hearts have become disconnected from what they were doing that their hearts have become disconnected from the act of offering the sacrifice in other words they were just kind of going through the motions it became all about the act of the sacrifice not about the heart behind the sacrifice came all about keeping the letter of the law not about the heart attitude that's behind the law they were just going through the ritual of offering these sacrifices their attitude in their hearts seemed to be something like this is what we're supposed to do this is what the law says this is what we agreed to so we're gonna keep doing it so they kept showing up and showing up offering their sacrifice again and again and again but God looks at them and says there's a problem here these sacrifices although they're before me they're not real your heart is disconnected he says to them in verse 9 through 13 says I will not take a bowl from your household or a male goats from your pens for every animal of the forest is mine the cattle on a Thousand Hills I know I know every bird of the mountains and the creatures of the field are mine if I were hungry I would not tell you for the world and everything in it is mine do I eat the flesh of bulls or drink the blood of goats yes well the answer clearly is no see God does not have a grumbling stomach that needs to be filled and that the sacrifices that are being offered her because God's somehow needs to be satisfied and even if that was the case God says I don't need your sacrifices I own everything I own the cat on a Thousand Hills the ideas I own it all all the animals everything in the world is mine if I was hungry I would just go out and take what I want when I want to to satisfy my grumbling stomach but that isn't the case I don't need sacrifices to be satisfied by you and it's almost as though that people began to believe that somehow the sacrifices they were for God that God needed them and so they just went through the motions and they just kind of said well God needs us so we give it to God God needs it so we give it to God but they were misunderstanding the point of the sacrifice the point of the sacrifice of the worship of God was for them not for God it was for them because the sacrifices were to remind them of how much they needed God the sacrifices were to remind them of how God had provided for them the sacrifices were to come with this attitude this heart attitude of thankfulness and gratefulness for what God had done for them that's what was supposed to be going on but they had fallen into this delusion into this idea that somehow God needs our sacrifices God needs our worship God needs us to continue to bring something to him and God is saying I don't need anything from you and you're missing the whole point you're missing the whole point of what is supposed to be going on here see true worship has to deal with your heart true worship has to deal with what's going on in your mind in your heart it's not just some activity it's not just some behavior and Jesus in John chapter 4 he makes this statement to the Samaritan woman at the well they get into this gushin about worship and where worship would be and who are the true people of where they would worship God and Jesus makes this statement in verse 24 of John 4 he says God is spirit and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth what is Jesus saying when he says you must worship in spirit and truth well the word spirit here I don't necessarily think is referring to the Holy Spirit I think it could be I think it works I don't know if that's necessarily what Jesus is getting at I think he might be more talking about our human spirit and what he is communicating what he is saying is that true worship is not simply external conformity to some religious rituals or some place of worship like you have to go to a specific location you have to do these certain things and that's what worship is it's not that there isn't some external behavior but it's more than that that worship is more than some activity it's about our heart attitude that true worship has a proper attitude of the heart associated with it and then you says you must worship in truth meaning what well your worship what you're thinking about when you're worshiping God must be consistent with what the Scriptures teach about who God is that what is going on in your mind at the moment of worship is just as important as what is going on in your heart the to truly worship God your mind and heart must be connected must be involved in that activity that you must be coming to God in an act of worship where my mind I'm understanding and thinking about what is true about God and that my heart is coming him with this right attitude of which I'm dependent on him and I'm thankful for him and what he has done for me but Israel failed in that way they weren't worshiping God from the heart or from their mind and truth and in spirit they were worshipping this way and they were the cold mechanical behavior they were going through the motions and we just like Israel can fall into the same pattern of living we can fall into the same cold mechanical heartless worship no Hebrews 13:15 the writer of Hebrews says therefore let him are therefore through our therefore through him let us continually offer up to God a sacrifice of praise that is the fruit of the lips that confess his name you know we don't worship God and he longer by bringing him animal sacrifices that is done under the new covenant Christ is the ultimate sacrifice we no longer bring animal sacrifices to God as an act of worship but we are instructed the New Testament to bring a sacrifice to God as an act of worship well what is the sacrifice here a sacrifice of praise meaning what lips that confess his name so when we gather together in Sunday morning for church part of what we are doing when we are singing is an act of worship we are praising God we are confessing his name we're confessing what is true about him that's the idea of when we sing songs were singing to God confessing what is true about him but let me ask you where is your heart where is your mind in those moments when you're to be praising God what is going through your mind as words come out of your mouth what is the disposition of your heart as you sing to God see the Pharisees the Jews Jesus would rail on them for hypocritical fake worship all the time and he would say to them your lips these words come out of your mouth but your heart is so far from the words that you're saying indicating what there isn't real worship happening here and when Jesus would talk about hypocrisy the word hypocrite and that language was understood just to be an actor you're just an actor so you can ask yourself the question when you come to church and you're singing are you just acting are you acting is it just a show is it just fake or is it real and we live in a country in which Christianity has become just a thing that you do Church is a thing that you do we've been brought up in it many of us just go to church on Sundays or Saturday or whatever day and you go and you're sing and you sit and you're saying and you listen and we leave but yet our heart and our mind were completely disconnected from anything that was going on from the words that were coming out of our mouth so we begin to come to church and we almost kind of begin to think about like somehow we're coming to church and we're worshiping God because God needs us to worship Him but God isn't like a 16-year old insecure boy or girl who's on Instagram and Facebook posting things to try to get people to like him that's not the image of God that's not who God is God is completely fine in his own skin so to speak he knows exactly who he is he's completely comfortable with who he is he doesn't need us to come here and sing to him he doesn't need us to do anything no see the whole point of us coming here in singing praises to God is for us it's to remind us of who is to be the first place in our life it's to remind of us who is to be the first love in our life is to remind us of how much we need God is to remind us of how dependent we need to be on God and it's a time for us to thank God for everything that he has done for us now I understand we're not perfect in this but you just think about your own live what is the attitude and the mindset that you have when you come and you sing to God are the words coming out of your mouth even connected to your heart and to your mind we don't want to just be actors that's gonna be a rude awakening for us one day if we're just living kind of fake phony lives but yet that's what we find and that's what we can see it happening in our own life and that's what's happening Christianity all around us in this country and even their own church and so we have to think and ask ourselves are we truly coming to God with a heart and attitude with a mindset with a way of thinking that we're thinking about what is true in our heart is connected to the things that were singing the things that were saying they were actually worshiping God from a real heart a genuine heart of thankfulness and gratitude in dependence on him so charge number one was ritualistic worship hypocritical worship the second charge is then rebellious living and verse 16 God says but God says to the wicked what right do you have to recite my statutes and take my covenant on your lips well right do you have to recite my statutes and take my covenant upon your lips and he addresses them as wicked now some people will try to say that the wicked are somebody different than Israel or it's a different group of people in Israel up I don't necessarily think that's the case I just think Israel made a covenant with God as a community all the people came before God and they committed to God and so God is addressing them as a community and he's addressing him as a community and he's saying you wicked people that's pretty strong language that's pretty strong language why would he say to the wicked and why would he ask this question what right you had to recite my statutes and take my covenant on your lips why would he say that well I think the answer is found in verse 17 in verse 17 he says you hate instruction and fling my words behind you you hate my instruction and you just take my word you take the Bible so to speak all they didn't have the same Bible we have it in the Old Testament the Pentateuch you take it and you just throw it out the window it's just like a piece of paper in your hand that you just toss out that means nothing to you and what you find is that their attitude towards God then led to a very particular way of living there was rebellion in their heart towards God's instruction towards his word that led to rebellious living on the out on the outside on their on the external behavior their outside was what's not living in a way which was honoring God but it was completely disconnected from God and so he shows them he says specifically this is how you've rebelled against me you've hated my word but here's specifically how I know you've hated my word how I know that you just treat it like a piece of paper that is worthless that means nothing to you and verse 18 when you see a thief you make friends with him what do you do when you see somebody who's a sinner or who's living in sin who's a thief you just go cozy up right next to him he's not saying you go and be friends with him for the purpose of trying to bring him to repentance that's not what he's saying he's saying no you're like making friends with this thief you're just cozying up right next to sin and you see an adulterer you associate with him you see someone who's living in sexual sin you don't call them out and for their sin and try to lead them to a way of righteous no no no you just get right and in bed with them you just right there with them and your mouth you unleash your mouth for evil and harness your tongue for deceit what comes out of your mouth is not encouraging building up but what comes out of your mouth is just evil wicked speech and your tongue you're using it just to lie to people and deceive people and you sit here and you malign your brother and you slander your mother's son you say one thing to their face and then behind their back you're just chopping them down you're just hating on them you're smashing them trash-talking about one another behind each other's backs probably to make yourself look better whatever the reason doesn't give us the reason but just tells us this is what they're doing this is how they were treating one another the people of God the people of God the people who were to be set apart to be living holy lives to be living holy lives of the people in the world around them would see God and rather than conforming their life and living in consistency with the commands of God they were conforming their life to the world around them and in doing so they shattered their covenant with God remember the ten commandments the last six the Ten Commandments dealing with your relationships not live not commit adultery honor your mother and father don't covet I mean they were just right here God is just saying you're just going directly against how I've told you to live and you're going directly against how I've told you to live because of your attitude towards my word you're rebels in the heart you have a rebellious attitude towards me and towards my word and that rebellious attitude towards my word towards me is seen in the way that you have you go about your relationships with one another you don't treat each other with love and kindness and compassion and gentleness you know you just crack one another and smash one another and lie about one another deceive one another and you cozy up to people who are living in sin the exact opposite of what I've called you to do now it'd be nice if this was just Israel and this didn't apply to us but the truth of the matter it does apply to us the truth of matter is that we can find ourself in the same boat in a question that we have to ask herself and part is how do we treat the Bible when we God's Word is being preached sure when God's Word is being read or you're reading through the Word of God or someone is sharing the Word of God with you what is going on in your heart towards God's Word what are you thinking about do you have an attitude like these people where it's like yeah that's great that's nice but and I'm gonna keep doing my own thing you treat the Bible as God's Word as though God is just sitting there with you and actually speaking to you because that's the idea of the Bible or do you look at the Bible it's kind of like a fictional book that is just kind of this has it suggests some ways you should live it's kind of like this self-help book that's supposed to make my life better type of thing and I just kind of pick and choose like the buffet like what I want to do what I don't want to do I would say that is the vast majority of Christianity in America the Bible is like a buffet and I open it up like that I don't like that we kind of pick and choose in really what we're saying to God is god I hate your word and I hate you that's what's being communicated now you may not be thinking that's what you're communicating but that's what you're saying that in your heart you just say I don't care your attitude I don't I don't care what this has to say it has no weight or authority in your life when you hear God's Word are you convicted over time maybe not right away but you're convicted you see the sin in your life you're like what am i doing and you you try to change to conform your life to God's Word so many people who claim the name of Christ their lives are so inconsistent with that claim it's like we put on a football jersey and we call ourselves an NFL football player but that is so far from reality you can call yourself whatever you want that doesn't mean that's what you actually are you can call yourself a Christian but brothers and sisters if your life is not consistent with the Word of God and if your heart is rebellious towards the Word of God and you don't give a rip about the Word of God I think you have to ask yourself another question and the question is am I really a Christian see a Christian is somebody who has been born again a Christian is somebody who has a new heart who has a new disposition new attitude towards God and towards his word a Christian is someone who has the Spirit of God living inside of him and so there's this desire for his word and to conform their life to his word not to reject his word now I understand that as Christians we are going to sin and there's going to be some major problems in our life and it's not about if we're going to sin we will sin but the question is what is our attitude towards the sin as well as we sit before God's Word and we understand we're living in sin how do we respond what are we doing about the sin in our life is our mindset God I want my life to be conformed to you I want my life to be conformed to your word to look more like Christ see that's the the Christians attitude that they want to be more like Jesus now it's not that they're trying to live in consistency with God's Word because somehow God will love them more God will forgive them for the sin they've committed you know God will be more happy that's with them that that's not the idea see God God loves you and your sin is never gonna be forgiven because of what you do because of your behavior see following God's Word is not we're not trying to somehow make up for what we're done or to get God to be more okay with our life that's not the idea the Christian is saying no no I want to conform my life to God's Word I want to live my life and consistency with what he's how he's called me to live as a response of thankfulness and gratitude for he's done for me you know Paul talks about in Romans chapter 12 he says offer your lives the living sacrifice there is no sacrificial system anymore will we offer animals the sacrificial system if you will is our life your life your living life your beating breathing and life is to be offered to God and he says that's the true act of worship it's when your life is given fully to God and your life is given fully to God because Paul says he says I urge you because of the mercy of God and you look and you see God has been so merciful and so gracious to me how could I live any other way than how he's called me to live that's the thinking and the understanding is that God has called me to something far better than a sinful rebellious life he's called me to wholeness and healthiness do you understand that what God is directing your life to through his word and instruction is what's best for the health of your life now I don't just mean that spiritually physically as well it's what's best that you will experience wholeness and Happiness as you walk in conformity to the Word of God as you have an attitude in a posture towards God's Word where you say I'm gonna do what you say by your grace Lord I'm gonna walk in obedience to you to the power of your spirit I'm gonna do what you say because I understand you have my best intentions in mind you want what's best for my life and so Israel is sitting here and we can be sitting here evaluating our own life in our own heart in our own behavior and our own attitudes towards God's Word as we step into the third section which is the judge here God gives the solution now there's an interesting thing about this solution because God doesn't bring about judgment in punishment he gives them a solution in a sense a way out and you see God's mercy here you see his mercy in verse 22 and 23 he says understand this you who forget God and this is the crux of the issue is it not is that really what's going on in their false worship in their in their rebellious living is that they've forgotten God that God is not factored into the equation of their life into decisions and choices they're making in their life they're going through the motions but yet God is not really in in their thinking in their decision-making you see that from the weight of their living their living as a people who have forgotten God and so any of us who are walking in the ways of which they are living in a rebellious life that really what's going on is that we have forgotten God we are not calculating God into the equation of our thinking of our decision and decisions and choices that we are making and he says understand this you who forgot God I will tear you apart and there will be no one to rescue you God brings about a serious tone I will tear you apart and that makes sense to me in consistency with the covenant that he made that the animal sacrifice is signifying you break my covenant there is going to be consequences you will be torn apart so God is consistent with what he has agreed to God is consistent with who he is with the Covenant he made with his people he says listen to me understand this or I'm gonna tear you apart and there will be no one to rescue you there will be no one to save you from the wrath that will come upon your life and then he says this he gives them the solution in his mercy but whoever sacrifices a thank offering honors me and whoever orders his conduct I will show him the selves a of God what is he saying here well there's one word that brings about the solution to this problem of Israel and the word is repent it's repent what does it mean to repent well imagine you get on the interstate interstate 235 out here out there whatever you get on the interstate and you're heading westbound but you realize I need to go eastbound what do you do do you just keep driving west hoping to go east no you'll never get east right you would do what you would do then is you would get off at the nearest exit and you turn back around and head east bound that's what you would do that's an idea the idea of repentance is you're turning around you recognize the direction I'm going is directly opposed to God and so what I need to do is I need to turn and I need to go in the direction of God that sin rebellious living fake phony worship it's all in a direction that is going away from God and so God is saying to his people listen Israel you must repent turn and offer thankful sacrifices offer sacrifices to thank offering to me and order your conduct around me that's what he's saying whoever orders his conduct I will show them the salvation of God meaning what well if you order your life around me see repentance in part what it's doing is that you are making God number one again in your life you are prioritizing the priority meaning what what is the priority to be in our life God is to be the priority and you turn and you look at God and you prioritize God and that means something practically so you say God you're the priority what do you prioritize so let me give you a simple illustration or example if you claim to be a Christian and you're living outside of community and fellowship consistent regular community and fellowship you're living outside of being under thorry the church if you were to look at the Word of God what God prioritizes the church he prioritizes community he prioritizes fellowship and so if you're gonna prioritize what God prioritizes then you must repent and you must put your life in community in fellowship under the authority of a church the idea that we don't need to be in the church in community fellowship is a ludicrous way of thinking that is so inconsistent with the Word of God and we fail to prioritize the very things that God prioritizes and out says say because we have failed to prioritize God that's the issue we're not making God number one in our life they were not making God number one in their life so their life was all out of whack but repentance is turning away from whatever it is I'm going towards whatever it is that I'm really prioritizing because in our sin oftentimes that's what we're prioritizing is ourselves and we're saying no no I need to turn and I need to go to God and go the direction that he has called me to go and live the way that he has called me to live we need to repent me to repent and if we don't repent there are consequences the judgment of God will come you know Israel made a mistake here and verse 21 he say God is saying you have done these things and I kept silent and you thought I was just like you you made a mistake Israel you thought because I hadn't brought about judgment and consequences upon your life for your rebellious living that somehow I was just like you that I was okay with how you're living that I was fine with what you were doing and God says no no no that's not the case at all in fact I will rebuke you and lay out a case before you and he says that and this is what he's doing he's laying out his case you've misjudged Israel my silence in the matter does not mean that I am fine with how you were living and so God in this psalm he speaks and he charges them with their crimes but yet he gives them a solution in a way out to repent see God in one sense he hasn't brought about judgment because he is merciful and he wants people to repent God is slow in a sense to bring about judgment because his desire is that people would repent and follow him but there is a day coming when God's judgment will come when God's wrath will come when all people will stand before him and there's gonna be two judgments that are gonna be taking place because there's two different groups of people who will be judged one is the people of God church and the other people who don't believe in God who have failed to repent and believe in Christ the unbeliever and what's interesting about this passage is you see that God's judgment starts with his people and you don't you find in the New Testament first Peter chapter 4 you know he find is God saying judgment begins with the household of God meaning who meaning us that judgment doesn't start out there it starts right here it starts with the people of God and he says how much worse is it gonna be for those who don't know God who have failed to repent and put their faith in Christ and so as Christians we will stand before God and given a judgment for our life our judgment will look a bit different than the unbeliever because our judgment is in it'll lead to a life of punishment eternity apart from God rather our judgment is we're going before God to be judged upon the reward that will be given in heaven but yet you will still stand before God and give an account for your life and I know about you but I don't want to go before God and be ashamed of my life I want to go before God and bring my life to him a life that has been lived in a way that Lord willing is honoring and pleasing to him not perfect obviously for none of us are but we will stand before God and give an account and so as Christians we want to live a life of repentance we don't want to come before God with the sin and rebellion in our life want to come before God with a heart that has been surrendered to him and were working to conform our life by His grace through his spirit to his word and so as Christians what we do what we should do is if we see sin in our life is we must repent we must change by the grace and power of God in our life we must not be ok with how we're living but we must continue to pursue our Lord and Savior was to continue to pursue the character and nature of our God to live our life in a way that's honoring and pleasing to him but there's another group of people that will be judged and that is the people who have rejected God in the reality is you will stand before God Jesus as I have come once to save but I will come again to judge and he will bring about a just judgment for all of sin that has been committed and when you stand before God you will be found guilty of sin if you failed to repent and believe in Christ you'll be found guilty of sin in God's fair just punishment for sin is the same for all people is that you will be eternally separated from God in hell an eternal conscious state of torment forever apart from your Creator God and you may think that doesn't sound like a big deal but on that day when you stand before God you will realize how big of a deal it is in what God has done in this time in this day as he sent His Son Jesus and what he's calling you to do is to repent and believe in Jesus Jesus who came and who died on a cross Jesus who died as though he was a criminal though he was not a criminal he committed no crimes but he was on that cross dying for our crimes before a holy God the wrath of God being poured out on him for the crimes that we have committed and God in His mercy as he's saying repent and believe upon my son and if you don't then this verse becomes very real I will tear you apart and there will be no one to rescue you there's someone to rescue you now from the wrath of God and that is God Himself through His Son Jesus Christ but on that day if he failed to repent and to believe in Jesus and you stand before God there will be no rescuer any longer there will only be a god who is angry and vengeful for sin and he will bring about justice and you will experience the greatest punishment you could ever experience in your life eternal separation from God in hell and so I would encourage you if you have yet to repent and put your faith in Jesus to do so because this day of judgment is a very real day that has spoken of quite often throughout the Scriptures repent and as Christians we need to repent and it may not be our behavior externally as we're out getting drunk and having sex doing things but it may be in our heart the attitudes of our heart as we come here this morning was the attitude as we sing to God if it's not right we must repent and change and do what's right for God is a just judge and we will stand before him one day and we want to bring our best before him we're gonna do our best to honor him to love him to live lives of gratitude to him let's pray father in order we just ask you God to give us a right understanding perspective what I just think about my life our lives Lord we want to live in a way that's honoring you gotta help us not to be people God who are just giving lip service to you they're actors they're playing a game or help us not to be people who just look at your word and just flinging out the window like it's nothing help us father to live under the authority of your word understanding it's what's best for our life you love us that you are good you want what's best for us but thank you for your mercy thank you that we have time to repent thank you that as as Christians Lord that we can change by your grace by your spirit Lord that we can repent of sin in Lord I pray that as Christians we would be actively repenting we would see this is not just for the non-believer but repentance is for the believer that you're calling us always to change to be conformed to the image of your son and I pray Lord for those who have yet to believe that they're in your son Jesus that they would recognize there's a day of judgment coming where they were staying before you in order that you have extended mercy to them now that you've given them an opportunity now to believe in your son Jesus to escape the wrath that is to come what I pray that now they would believe the day for today is the day of salvation Lord for if they die and they go to stand before you there will be no help there will be no rescuer left well god we love you we thank you and pray these things Jesus in your name amen.
Pastor Luke Hukee continues our series on the Book of Psalms. Luke discusses how God isn't only concerned about the performance of religious rituals, but obedience out of sincere repentance and thanksgiving.