Scripture Reading: Psalm 50:1-13
Key Verse: Psalm 50:14
Sacrifice thank offerings to God, fulfill your vows to the Most High
In Psalm 50 we see the future being foretold: all animal sacrifices would cease. As you read the first 13 verses, it is easy to see why the Jews would stop offering them: God did not want them. God reminded them that He had no need of a bull from their stall (vs. 9). God has no hunger pains (vs. 12). The only sacrifice that God really wants is their “thank offerings” (vs. 14).
What will you offer God today? A thank offering should be at the top of our list. In the New Testament, the Hebrew writer reminds us: “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of our lips that confess His name” (Hebrews 13:15). It is so easy to get focused on our problems and struggles and forget to offer praise to a God who has been so good to us!
Let’s determine that our daily prayers will start with a thank offering to God. That might be a listing of all your blessings. Sometimes it takes a disciplined mind to remember His blessings when you are hurting in some area of your life. I believe that if we start with praise when we talk to God, then we bring a smile to His face! Take note that after the Psalmist writes about a thank offering, he goes on to tell us to call upon God in our troubles (vs. 15).
Father, I am blessed with far more than I deserve. I give you my thank offering. Receive praise for who you are! In Jesus’ name, amen.