Lord's Day Liturgy

A Cosmic Portfolio

One of the Lord’s favorite things is to be called on. We’re not like that. We don’t want to be interrupted. Only the least pleasant kind of mom needs to be needed forever. When someone’s knocking on the door at midnight, we tell them that we’re already in bed, take care of their own issues.

We are going to talk more about “Jesus is Lord” in the message from Romans 10 this morning. As Lord, Jesus is identified as the Lord in the Old Testament, as Yahweh. He is the Lord who owns the cattle on a thousand hills (Psalm 50:10). He’s got no end of riches and resources (Psalm 50:12).

But in Psalm 50 this review of the Lord’s cosmic portfolio is a rebuke, with two horns. He doesn’t want their ceremonies, which they were presenting ad nauseam (“your offerings are continually before me” verse 8), instead He wanted their calls, which they were not presenting in prayer.

Addressed to “The Mighty One, God the LORD” (verse 1), who claims ownership of every beast, who knows all the birds, everything that moves (verses 10-11), He lacks nothing.

If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for the world and all its fullness are mine. (verse 12)

So what does the Lord want?

call on me in the day of trouble, and I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me. (Psalm 50:15)

Not depending on Him is not worship; self-effort is for self-glory, not His glory. If you need more trouble to remind you to call on Him, He has many trials in His arsenal. The real problem with desperate times is not depending on Him for deliverance.