Friday, June 22, 2018


O. T. #1228  "Sacrifices"
June 22, 2018
Psalm 40-Part 2
Sacrifice and offering Thou didn't not desire...  Psalm 40:6a


Beginning with verse 5, David states that God has performed many wonders (wonderful works) for us. His plans for us are too numerous to list. God has no equal.

So true, David. We could spend all day listing  the wonderful works of God-creation and Jesus.
The way they all uniquely function is astounding, those on earth in the heavens. Can human mathematics possibly total the wonderful works of God?
Can we count the great mercies, goodness, and lovingkindness of God? Will we admire and praise our Heavenly Father for all we are, have, and need? Should we wait until eternity to admire our Maker? There is no one like our God.

Now, concerning His plans for us, can we imagine all He has planned?
Jeremiah 29:11 says His plans are to prosper, not harm, to give us a hope and a future, as Israel.
with that perspect, how can we not have a good day today?


Look at verse 6. Sacrifices and offerings are not what God desires of us. It was a common practice of killing animals in the Tabernacle of Israel for people to be acceptable to God. Those acts were meaningless unless done in the right attitude and for the right reason, covering their sins.
Falwell lists four types of offerings during David's time:
  1. Sacrifice-by the ordinary person at the altar;
  2. Offering-meal offering with oil and frankincense;
  3. Burnt offering-the whole burnt offering;
  4. Sin offering-sin or trespass offering.
None of these, by the blood of bulls and goats, could make adequate atonement for Israelites' sins. Only the blood of Jesus Christ could do that (Hebrews 9).

We make rituals of church attendance, giving of tithes, taking communion. If those are done selfishly and self-centered, then they are empty. It is the attitude of devotion and a heart of love to obey God which He desires from us.

1 Samuel 15:22 says, To obey is better than sacrifice."
Are we doing God's will in love and loving to do His will?


Love God.
Obey God.
Follow the Holy Spirit's leading.

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