“Sacrifice thank offerings to God, fulfill your vows to the Most High, and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.” (Ps. 50:14-15 NIV)
God is about to call the Israelite’s to task, but it was not because they had not given proper sacrificial gifts. In fact it would appear they were keeping all of the expected offerings and sacrifice. However, God as creator of the universe has no real need of offerings of things. All too often people get wrapped up in a game with God, where they think that if they give to God then God is required to return that giving through some sort of blessing. The reality that giving whether it is tithing or in other forms of offering are really about honoring God by putting trust in Him. I do not want to dwell on this point, just emphasizing that God doesn’t need our small gifts.
Many people struggle with giving God what he sincerely desires. While posses ions and money are important to many people, even in our time throwing money into an offering plate or sending money to missions around the world is often easier than sincere heart felt worship. Worship from the heart and soul is sincere in praise, and sincere in the commitment to remain faithful to God in living. This reminds us that worship is about far more than the few moments each week that we gather with others at church. Sincere worship is the daily life we live.
Worship of heart and soul will strive to live out all of God’s guidance in Scripture. It will challenge us to do as Jesus said, “If you are offering your gift at the altar and remember that your brother has something against you. Leave your gift at the altar. First, go and be reconciled with your brother, and then return to offer your gift” (Mt. 5:23-24). It will also require us to think about the needs of others around us instead of simply being wrapped up in our own personal pleasures.
Worship of heart and soul gives not merely to fulfill obligation, or simply to fill a void of pleasure in our heart. Instead it will be giving of offerings, giving to missions, and giving to the less privilege even at the expense of my pleasures and needs. This sacrificial giving will not be because of demand, but will simply grow out of a habit of love and action in daily life. It will be the transformed life moving outward from an inner changed heart and into a world of need.
May God continue to transform your heart and soul, so that your worship will be filled with praise and sincere commitment to the way of Christ in all things.
– Blessings on the journey with Christ,