Posted: Thursday, September 6
Song of Solomon 1:1-4:16
2 Corinthians 8:16-24
Verse of the day:
But giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors me. If you keep to my path, I will reveal to you the salvation of God.” (Psalm 50:23)
The Psalmist Asaph begins this chapter by acknowledging the full glory of God. He then transitions into several passages that offer insight into how God thinks about the efforts we as humans take to honor Him. During this time in history, the Law of Moses required Jews to offer various types of animal sacrifices to atone for sin. God said He had no problem receiving these offerings from his people…but He made it clear that He didn’t need their animals because all animals in creation belonged to him already. Here, God makes a clear distinction between Him and other man-made gods of that day who seemingly lived off the supplies of their followers. So what did God really want from his people? He simply wanted them to be thankful and faithful to any vow they made to Him. To God, a thankful attitude says more about a person’s heart than hundreds animal sacrifices ever could.
Today, we know that Christ’s sacrifice on the cross has cancelled out the need for us to sacrifice animals for our sin. Yet, there are still many ways in which we should try to honor our Heavenly Father. Let’s say for a moment that tithing and serving in a ministry would be today’s version of “offering sacrifices.” Does God’s ability to accomplish His will on earth rest solely on our money or time? Of course not. Yet, what if we tithed and served out of a genuine heart of thankfulness that Asaph references in Psalm 50? What if each time we gave to God, we praised Him for how He provided when bills were plentiful and funds were thin? What if each time we served in a ministry, we worshipped Him for giving us His all when He paid for our sins on the cross? Practicing this attitude of gratitude will help us go from ritual to real relationship when we serve Christ. Want to honor God? Let’s start by thanking Him.