Be Thankful… That’s an Order

Daily God Walk for Tuesday, November 1, 2011

 Sacrifice thank offerings to God, fulfill your vows to the Most High, and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.                  – Psalm 50:14-15

 We may have heard it said that God owns the cattle on a 1000 hills and it is usually said in the context that we should not worry about provision because God has the ability to provide. However, the passage which is being quoted is not referring to God’s blessings but to God’s frustration with His people for failing to grasp the meaning of worshipping him.

Beginning in verse seven God is rebuking the people concerning making their worship ritualistic and making their sacrifices to God begrudgingly. In verses 9-10 He says, “I have no need of a bull from your stall or of goats from your pens, for every animal of the forest is mine and the cattle on a thousands hills.” God doesn’t need our sacrifice, but he does want us.

He goes on to say, “I know every bird in the mountains, and the creatures of the field are mine. If I were hungry I would not tell you, for the world is mine and all that is in it.” Apparently the people were performing their worship and making sacrifice as if God needed what they were giving Him.

Verse 14 calls for bringing thank offerings to God and in the process fulfilling the vows made to him. In Old Testament times the thank offering was the offerings of the first-fruits from the harvest as a thanksgiving to God for his bountiful supply. As people of the covenant Israel confirmed their commitment to the covenant and affirmed their confidence in the faithfulness of God by bringing these sacrifices to Him.

We are being called today to offer ourselves unto God as a thank offering. In Romans 12:1 Paul calls believers to offer themselves as living sacrifices and then says, “This is y our spiritual act of worship” (NIV).

As we enter the sanctuary of worship we should be offering our lives as a thank offering in gratitude to the gift of salvation and the indwelling presence of Holy Spirit.

 Prayer: Lord, accept my life as a thank offering to you. Amen.

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