May 20, 2010

Anti-Psalm 50

After reading an article from the Journal of Biblical Counseling, I learned a technique for meditating on and applying the Psalms. It is to take the Psalm and invert it to play out the implications of the opposite perspective. You can see examples of this by David Powlison with Psalm 23 and Psalm 131. This is an anti-psalm I wrote for Psalm 50:16-22.

Psalm 50:16-22 – God’s message to the wicked (Me)

But to the wicked God says:
“What right have you to recite my statutes
or take my covenant on your lips?
For you hate discipline,
and you cast my words behind you.
If you see a thief, you are pleased with him,
and you keep company with adulterers.

“You give your mouth free rein for evil,
and your tongue frames deceit.
You sit and speak against your brother;
you slander your own mother’s son.
These things you have done, and I have been silent;
you thought that I was one like yourself.
But now I rebuke you and lay the charge before you.

“Mark this, then, you who forget God,
lest I tear you apart, and there be none to deliver!

Anti-Psalm 50:16-22 – God’s message to the righteous (Jesus)

But to the righteous God says:
“It makes sense for you to speak of my statutes
and teach other of my covenant.
For you love discipline,
and my words are continually before you.
You are pleased with those who give charitably and do not steal,
and you keep company with the faithful.

“You control your tongue and speak that which is good and edifying,
speaking the truth at all times to all people.
You stand and speak in defense of your brother,
you answer every accusation against him.
These things you have done, and I will declare it:
You are a son after my own heart, and with you I am pleased.
Now I commend you and will vindicate you against your enemies.

“Know this, you who remember God,
I myself will hold you together,
and I will deliver you with my own hand.

At the cross, God dealt with Jesus as if he were Psalm 50, so that at the resurrection we might stand with him as Anti-Psalm 50.

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