David has been called “The Sweet Psalmist of Israel.” However, there were other writers of those magnificent praises to God. Asaph, one of the musicians of Israel was also a prolific writer of Psalms. He wrote of the righteous judgment of God for inappropriate worship in this poem.
As it had been on Mt. Sinai, God’s presence as Judge would be made known by fire and storm. The heavens and earth would be witnesses as He declared His judgment. Idol worshippers offered meat and vegetable sacrifices to feed their gods. In speaking to the people, God did not rebuke them for their sacrifices, but for thinking that He had need of them for His sustenance. He declared that every beast of the forest, the cattle, birds and wild beasts of the fields were His. The Lord was NOT hungry. He had no need for their sacrifices. God wanted His children to offer thanksgiving, pay their vows and call upon Him in their day of trouble. The wicked received a rebuke from God. They had no right to be hypocritical and teach His statutes and covenant, but not live by them. Even though He had kept silent, He was well aware of their lives. Without repentance, they will face His wrath for there is no other deliverer but God. Those who offer true praise and conduct, will see God’s salvation.