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SILENCE

December 6, 2014

Saturday

 

Psalms 50:3

God Appearing In Fire

May our God come and not keep silence; Fire devours before Him, And it is very tempestuous around Him.

 

 

LESSON

 

This psalm is the speech of God, who addresses his covenant partner concerning matters of violated covenant. God came out of His holy habitation on Mt. Zion to judge. Fire and storms

frequently accompanied God in theophanies, and they symbolize irresistible judgment and awesome power. God is like ‘a consuming fire when he comes in judgment. In his anger he may storm like a ‘tempest.

He kept silence that he might be judged, he will not keep silence when he begins to judge. It would not have been said, He shall come manifestly, unless at first he had come concealed; nor, He shall not keep silence, had he not at first kept silence. How did he keep silence? Ask Isaiah: “He was brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

The expression is very striking: “Our God shall come!” Christ is God as well as man. His first coming was in His birth at Bethlehem. Here the psalmist contemplates His second coming. The cry may soon be heard, “Behold, the Bridegroom cometh,” etc. It is of the utmost importance that we should be ready.

 

Memory verse: Lamentations 3:28

 

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