Psalms of Honesty and Truth
Who do you trust? We trust in those who do what they say they are going to do. Actions do speak louder than words. Every time.
It is those we trust that we want to hang out with, talk and have fun with on this brief journey here. It is those we trust that friendships go the most deep and never fade away. We love those we trust and depend on them. It is these trustworthy people that make the best friends. Even if we move far away from each other, we can see or talk to each other as if no distance ever separated us. How was this genuine, sought after trust built? By keeping our promises to them. “I’ll be there”…and we are. “I’ll help you”…and we do. Yes we are grateful for relationships we can trust and count on in this world.
God is looking for that kind of relationship with and in us. He wants to hang out with those who keep their promises to Him! We always depend on God to keep His promises to us, but shouldn’t we be more tenacious at keeping our promises to Him? And to His people? Something to think about…take all the time you need.
Our psalmist also reminds us that gratitude is the greatest sacrifice we can give back to God who gives his creation to us to enjoy. God needs nothing we can give Him. But he enjoys our gratitude from what He has given us! How grateful am I? Do I live gratefully gracious? Have I ever thought of my gratitude as a sacrifice, better than goats and money? Read this psalm carefully and see what God is asking. Listen to what God might be saying to us through these heartfelt words. “It’s a praising life that honors me”, says the Psalmist. (v.23,The Message) “…giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors me. (NLT)
Psalm 50, New Living Translation
A psalm of Asaph.
1 The Lord, the Mighty One, is God,
and he has spoken;
he has summoned all humanity
from where the sun rises to where it sets.
2 From Mount Zion, the perfection of beauty,
God shines in glorious radiance.
3 Our God approaches,
and he is not silent.
Fire devours everything in his way,
and a great storm rages around him.
4 He calls on the heavens above and earth below
to witness the judgment of his people.
5 “Bring my faithful people to me—
those who made a covenant with me by giving sacrifices.”
6 Then let the heavens proclaim his justice,
for God himself will be the judge. Interlude
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.”
16 But God says to the wicked:
“Why bother reciting my decrees
and pretending to obey my covenant?
17 For you refuse my discipline
and treat my words like trash.
18 When you see thieves, you approve of them,
and you spend your time with adulterers.
19 Your mouth is filled with wickedness,
and your tongue is full of lies.
20 You sit around and slander your brother—
your own mother’s son.
21 While you did all this, I remained silent,
and you thought I didn’t care.
But now I will rebuke you,
listing all my charges against you.
22 Repent, all of you who forget me,
or I will tear you apart,
and no one will help you.
23 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.”
Dear Heavenly Father, Our tithe is for us to give to you with gratitude for what you have given to us. It has nothing to do with what you need, for everything we have is yours and has been yours all along. May we be more grateful…as a sacrifice of praise to honor you…and to live more gracious lives as a result. My promise to love you back with all that is in me will always be kept. In Jesus Name, Amen