“You thought that I was altogether like you, but I will rebuke you” (Psalm 50:21)
The psalmist shows that God breaks through the natural world from His domain and does not fail to leave us without knowledge of Him. Since He created men and women in His image, God implanted knowledge of Him in them and revealed to them how they should live. When our faulty thinking rises to Him, He takes it into account and it calls down His rebuke. He is not like those among humanity who give a pass to sin and overlook wrongdoing. Judgments in our court system is full of inconsistencies and laxities. We think nothing of watching violence on television or at the movies. They decrease our sensitivities to wrongdoing.
The judgment of humanity is that fairness and judgments are what we want them to be. Then we form God in the image of our judgments. We fail to understand and perceive the faultiness of our thinking until its repercussions show up in our behavior and actions. Troubles abound as we experience the results of our faulty thinking and evil ways. Then we ask, “Why do bad things happen to “good” people?” We fail to understand our faulty logic, because our waywardness has encompassed our entire being, and we no longer see ourselves the way God sees us – in need of restoration and reconciliation back to Him so we can see ourselves from His perspective. God calls people who have wandered from Him and sought their own ways, calling them “wicked” (Psalm 50:16). He pronounces judgment on them because of their wickedness:
“But to the wicked God says: “What right have you to declare My statutes, Or take My covenant in your mouth, Seeing you hate instruction And cast My words behind you? When you saw a thief, you consented with him, And have been a partaker with adulterers. You give your mouth to evil, And your tongue frames deceit. You sit and speak against your brother; you slander your own mother’s son” (Psalm 50:16-20).
The psalmist’s statement is not only true for his age but also true for all ages. The psalmist stated then,
“You thought that I was altogether like you” (Psalm 50:21).
Today, contemporary men and women substitute the above statement with the following (and so many more):
“A loving God would not punish people.”
“God accepts everyone.”
“Who is your God to judge me?”
“Live and let live.”
“It is OK to do [fill in the blank] as long as it does not hurt anyone else.”
“My truth is just as good as your truth.”
All of the above give us a way out and an excuse for anything we believe is not bad. We call good evil and evil good and claim God holds the same perspective. We claim, “There is nothing wrong with doing [fill in the blank].”
The only way we can overcome faulty thinking is through embracing how God created us – in His image and turning around and affirming through faith God’s design for our lives, a design patterned after His Son, Jesus Christ.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
The psalmist says much the same thing in his conclusion:
“Whoever offers praise glorifies Me; And to him who orders his conduct aright I will show the salvation of God” (Psalm 50:23).
Offering praise to God is an act of faith. It acknowledges that what God declares is right and truthful and that He alone establishes how we order our lives. That ordered way is faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. The results is salvation or life with Him for all eternity. This salvation is real freedom from faulty thinking and waywardness into evil.