Psalm 50:23 Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God. (KJV)
Psalm 50:23 Whoever makes an offering of praise gives glory to me; and to him who is upright in his ways I will make clear the salvation of God. (Bible in Basic English)
There is much instruction, even spiritual meat (Hebrews 5:14), in this verse! I just lately came upon Psalm 50:23 in my work of expanding the cross references available for effective Bible study. I was amazed at the truth encapsuled in this verse. I will share my cross references for this verse below. If you will study each reference by hovering your mouse pointer over each cross reference verse given, you will find that the Bible does indeed explain itself.
I like to compare different English translations when I study a verse of Scripture. I have shared above the Bible in Basic English translation of Psalm 50:23 because it seems to be the clearest English version I could find.
I believe God has promised in this verse to reveal Himself and His salvation to those who are upright in their ways. This is a significant idea. God promises to give more light to those who will seek Him by reading His written word recorded in the Bible. As a result, such a person will truly find God and come to experience God’s salvation and will know they have become truly saved as they read the Bible. I know by experience that God does exactly that, for it happened to me.
So what is needed today, everywhere, is for each person who believes the Bible and who is truly saved to reach out to another person and share the truth of the Bible with them, or at least get them to read the Bible, particularly the New Testament, repeatedly and continuously for themselves. If every Christian would do that, the number of Christians would be doubled in short order.
I read a quotation from Spurgeon recently that in essence said that you can tell who is a true Christian because a true Christian will bring others to Jesus. If that has not been happening in your life, make it a matter of prayer, asking the Lord to open the right door of opportunity to share with someone else what you know of Christ. Spurgeon’s idea is surely Biblical, because we see exactly this happening in chapter one of the Gospel of John. I have seen this happen in real life when a newly-saved high school student came to me and asked me how to lead other young people to Christ. I showed him. He did so. A group of these young people pooled their personal financial resources to buy New Testaments and other sound Christian literature and Gospel tracts to give to new believers, and their budgets could not keep up with the demand. These young people at the time were members of the Bible Discussion Club at Cass Technical High School in Detroit, where I was asked to be the club sponsor by the school administration upon the request of three young ladies who wanted to have such a club at their high school.
It may well be that many people both in and out of the church think they are Christians, but in reality they have never been saved. If you ask them, “Do you know for sure that you will go to heaven when you die?” many of them are really not sure. You can tell, because they will say “I hope so,” or “I try to keep the commandments,” or “I hope my good deeds outweigh my bad ones,” and similar comments. If this is what you feel, you would be helped spiritually if you would do what I did, and read the New Testament for yourself, repeatedly, until God fulfills His promise to you by showing His salvation to you. The Bible promises that if we draw near to God, He will draw near to each of us (James 4:8).
I have shown you God’s Word. Now you know what to do.
For those who desire to DIG DEEPER into this subject:
(1) Consult the cross references given in Nelson’s Cross Reference Guide to the Bible on page 572 for Psalm 50:23.
(2) Consult the cross references given in The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 621 or in Logos 5 or 6 Bible software for Psalm 50:23.
(3) Consult the cross references given in the original Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 377 of the OT or on line at www.blueletterbible.org for Psalm 50:23.
(3) Most people today do not have access to those three print resources, so I have posted cross references for this passage as I have developed them even more completely for your study as given below:
Psalm 50:23. Whoso offereth. Le 7:12. Am 5:22. Jon 2:9. Ml 3:3. Jn 4:24. 1 P 2:5. praise. ver. *Ps 50:14, 15. Ps 22:3, 23. 27:6. 69:30, 31. 86:9, 12. 92:1. +*Ps 119:171. Song 2:14. Da 2:20. **Ro 12:1. 15:6, 9. Ga 1:24. *He 13:15. *1 P 2:9. glorifieth me. Is 43:7. +Mt 9:8. 15:31. Mk 12:33. Lk 5:25. *Lk 17:18. Ro 1:21. 2 Cor 4:15. 9:13. to him. Ps 24:4, 5. *Ps 25:14. *Ps 85:9. +*Ps 119:166. 1 S 2:30. **Jn 7:17. **Jn 8:31, 32. *Ac 10:2-4. 11:14. 13:26. Ga 6:16. ordereth his conversation. Heb. disposeth his way. +*Ps 15:2. 25:10. +**Ps 66:18. +*Ps 119:166. Is 40:3-5. 43:19. 56:1. %+*Is 66:4. +*Lk 21:36. Jn 4:24. +*Jn 9:31. *Phil 1:27. +**Phil 2:12, 13n. +**Col 1:10. 3:1-3. 1 Th 4:1. *James 3:13. 4:8. 1 P 1:15. 2:12. *2 P 3:11. 1 J 3:3. will I shew. Ps 85:7. 107:43. Ac 8:30, 31, 35. +**Phil 2:12, 13n. **James 4:8. the salvation of God. Ps 14:7. 51:12. 85:7. *Ps 91:16. *Is 12:2. 45:17. 49:6. 51:5, 6. *Lk 2:25, 29, 30. Phil 1:28. +*He 9:28n. *1 P 1:13.