Today’s Scripture Reading: Psalm 50, Psalms 73-74
Have you ever had a day when you were feeling “all that” and someone comes along and puts you in your place?
It happens to me quite often. I remember a few years ago when I was going to college and sitting in the head of the adult education department’s office talking about my “wealth” of experience as a 50 year-old and he proceeded to correct my pronunciation of the word “exegetical.”
—I felt pretty stupid!
I promise you being corrected by a professor was nothing compared to the living God of the universe tapping the Israelites on the shoulder through the Psalmist Asaph.
7 “O my people, listen as I speak.
Here are my charges against you, O Israel:
I am God, your God!
8 I have no complaint about your sacrifices
or the burnt offerings you constantly offer.
9 But I do not need the bulls from your barns
or the goats from your pens.
10 For all the animals of the forest are mine,
and I own the cattle on a thousand hills.
11 I know every bird on the mountains,
and all the animals of the field are mine.
12 If I were hungry, I would not tell you,
for all the world is mine and everything in it.
13 Do I eat the meat of bulls?
Do I drink the blood of goats?
14 Make thankfulness your sacrifice to God,
and keep the vows you made to the Most High.
15 Then call on me when you are in trouble,
and I will rescue you,
and you will give me glory.”
Do you feel as small as I do?
The Lord doesn’t depend on my worship for survival. He instituted the sacrifices not because He needed the animals but because the people desperately needed Him.
The good news is we now know what pleases God!
Once again, I see God as a parent.
Isn’t it wonderful when your kids are thankful?
There’s nothing like it; it makes you want to give them more. I think our heavenly Father feels the same way.
He said, “If you’re thankful, then you can call on me when you are in trouble and I will rescue you and you will be more thankful! (My paraphrase)
He says this again in verse 23 of Psalm 50:
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.
After reading this Psalm is sounds pretty simple. God wants his people to be thankful, to fulfill their vows, and to follow His ways.
Heavenly Father, help us, to have a thankful heart! Holy Spirit, show us Your way! Thank you for Jesus!
Amen and Amen!
©2012, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Psalms 75 through 78