“May he remember all your sacrifices and accept your burnt offerings.” (Psalm 20:3)
In distress, people turn to God asking for help. A normal part of such worship is a sacrifice or offering. Such a gift is an expression of reverence, commitment, and obedience to God. God’s remembrance and acceptance means that He has accepted the entire act of worship because He has recognized a proper attitude and commitment on the worshiper’s par. God responds to the worshiper in the times of distress. The proper offering can be brought only by one who recognizes God’s saving power and trusts God for help.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, in times of deep distress when we feel we are under attack, we must turn to the One who we both love and trust to help us. God loves us no matter what, but when we reach out to Him, we honor our relationship with Him. To know His saving power and we place our trust in Him alone, He will respond to our call for help, because He knows our hearts and our obedient commitment to Him. So today, we lift up this country Abba, Your creation is coming apart by disrespect and lack of love for worship. Our trust remains upon You. We ask for you to intercede upon our lives and help us to restore this earth, that you created for us and we have been less than good stewards and caretakers of Your Creation. This we pray. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“The task ahead of us is never as great as the Power behind us.”
“I hate, I despise your religious feasts; I cannot stand your assemblies. Even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them. Though you bring choice fellowship offerings, I will have no regard for them. Away with the noise of your songs! I will not listen to the music of your harps. But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never falling stream!” (Amos 5:21-24)
The people of God should not neglect assembling for religious activity, but such activity does not please God unless the people are involved in righteous living that produces and maintains justice in all human affairs and relationships. God’s people must live according to His standards before we can expect God to accept our gits as proper expressions of worship. He expects righteousness to precede rites of worship. Beloved we have lowered the expectations for others around us, for our marriages, for our children’s performances. God has not and will not lower His expectations for us, instead he expects us to rise up to His standards. Furthermore, I believe that He expects us to better them.
“With what shall I come before the Lord and bow down before the exalted God? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousand rivers of oil? Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lore require you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:6-8)
Even those gifts that comply with the letter of he law may not please God, for their value cannot be separated from e life of he giver. Giving our offernig sacrifices never substitutes for being a godly person who shows mercy to others and a personal commitment towards God.
2ND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Therefore, if you are offering our gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.” (Matthew 5:23-24)
Giving is such a sacred and worshipful act that it should not be thwarted or held back by a person’s wrong relationship to another. God so values showing mercy and achieving reconciliation that it justifies temporarily postponing the act of giving. Therefore, this makes the gift and the worship more meaningful to the individual and more pleasing to God.