1 The mighty God, Jehovah speaks
And calls the earth from sea to sea;
From beauteous Zion God shines forth,
He comes and will not silent be;
Devouring flame before Him goes,
And dark the tempest round Him grows.
2 He calls aloud to heav'n and earth
That He may justly judge His own;
My chosen saints together bring
Who sacrifice to Me alone;
The heav'ns His righteousness declare,
For God Himself as Judge is there.
3 Hear, O my people, I will speak,
Against thee I will testify;
Give ear to me, O Israel,
For God, thy covenant God, am I;
I do not spurn thy sacrifice,
Thy off'rings are before My eyes.
4 I will receive from out thy fold
No off'ring for My holy shrine;
The cattle on a thousand hills
And all the forest beasts are Mine;
Each mountain bird to Me is known,
whatever roams the field I own.
5 Behold, if I should hungry grow,
I would not tell My need to thee,
Fro all the world itself is Mine,
And all its wealth belongs to Me;
Why should I aught of thee receive,
My thirst or hunger to relieve?
6 Bring thou to God the gift of thanks,
And pay thy vows to God most High;
Call ye upon My holy Name
In days when sore distress is nigh;
Deliverance I will send to thee,
And praises thou shalt give to Me.
st. 1 = vv. 1-3
st. 2 = vv. 4-6
st. 3 = vv. 7-8
st. 4 = vv. 9-11
st. 5 = vv. 12-15
st. 6 = vv.I6-17
st. 7 = vv. 18-21a
st. 8 = vv. 21 b-23
Psalm 50 is the first of twelve psalms (the others are 73-83) ascribed by tradition to Asaph, head of one of the Levitical choirs (1 Chron. 6:31-48). It is unusual among the psalms in that, for the most part, it represents God's address to Israel rather than Israel's address to God.
For Christians who sing this psalm, the LORD appears in Zion to confront the people (st. 1), to call them to covenant account. After summoning the covenant witnesses–the earth (v. 1) and the heavens (v. 4)–the LORD calls for an assembly of all "who made a covenant" with him (v. 5; st. 2). First God instructs them with warnings against false notions about sacrifice, exhorting them, "Call upon me" (v. 15; st. 3-5). Then God turns to the wicked with indictments and rebukes, making clear that God desires people's complete trust and a wholehearted commitment to his moral will (st. 6-8).
Marie J. Post (PHH 5) prepared this versification in 1985 for the Psalter Hymnal using the 1912 Psalter as her starting point.
Times of self-examination; beginning of worship; service of confession of sin.
Dmitri Stephanovich Bortnianski (b. Gloukoff, Ukraine, 1751; d. St. Petersburg, Russia, 1825) was a Russian composer of church music, operas, and instrumental music. His tune ST. PETERSBURG (also known as RUSSIAN HYMN) was first published in J. H. Tscherlitzky's Choralbuch (1825).
The tune is suppo…
Display Title: The Mighty God and Sovereign LordFirst Line: The mighty God and sovereign LordTune Title: ST. PETERSBURGAuthor: Marie J. PostMeter: 88 88 88Scripture: Psalm 50Date: 1987Subject: Judge, God/Christ as | ; Profession of Faith | ; Covenant | ; Judgment | ; Offering |Source: Psalter, 1912
Display Title: The Mighty God, Jehovah, SpeaksFirst Line: The mighty God, Jehovah, speaksTune Title: ST. PETERSBURGAuthor: AnonymousMeter: 88.88.88Source: From The Psalter (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: The United Presbyterian Board of Publication, 1912), number 137