Today’s Reading: 2 Samuel 3, Ezekiel 12, 1 Corinthians 14, Psalm 51.
Psalm 50 (from yesterday’s reading) declares the bounty of God. He owns it all. We are receivers.
Psalm 51 declares our need for forgiveness from God. He is holy. We are sinful.
In light of this, it makes sense of what God desires from us.
He doesn’t desire our stuff.
“If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for the world and its fullness are mine. Do I eat the flesh of bulls or drink the blood of goats?” (50:12-13)
“For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; you will not be pleased with a burnt offering.” (51:16)
In other words, He doesn’t want us to give Him something (money, for example) to try to prove to Him our devotion.
Similarly, He isn’t looking for us to give Him something to try to atone for a sin we commit.
God doesn’t need anything from us. We don’t need to see how many times we can be nice, or go to church, or sing loud in the car to a Christian song, or pay a little extra on our tithes to make up for a sin. We don’t need to throw money at Him in the hopes that He will “do us a favor” in the future (wink, wink).
He doesn’t need anything from us.
What does He want, then? For us to live in constant acknowledgement that we – rather – need Him.
“Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and perform your vows to the Most High, and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.” (50:14-15)
“The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me; to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God!” (50:23)
“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.” (51:17)
God doesn’t want us to try to give Him something to prove ourselves or to try to make up for something. He wants us to recognize that without Him we are nothing. He wants us to live gratefully broken. Grateful for His gifts to us (everything we have); and broken over our sinfulness. Thankful that He is our God and He will rescue and deliver us. Broken that we have sinned against Him and deserve separation.
Think about it. . .
What are you trying to do to “show” God your devotion?
What are you doing to try to prove to the Lord your commitment?
What work are you striving for to get yourself back on God’s “good side”?
Whatever it is – STOP IT.
Everything you have is from Him. Everything you need for restoration is through Him. He doesn’t want or need your work or your stuff. No. We need Him. What He wants is for us to eagerly acknowledge that and rest, gratefully, in His provision.