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A Season of Psalms - Psalm 50:14-15, 23

Psalm 50: 14-15, 23

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 meThe one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me; to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God.”

English Standard Version (ESV)

I’m a big fan of church potluck dinners. There’s something about being Baptist and having koinonia together over brisket, potato salad, and dessert. In addition to the great food, there’s lots of laughter, joy, and story-telling that it’s almost a shame that the potluck has to end. The spirit of church potlucks is that everyone brings an offering for the benefit of others, and much joy is found as we offer and celebrate together. Community with each other is sweet, but communing with the Lord is even sweeter!

God asks his people in Psalm 50 to bring a sacrifice when we come to His house. Beyond food, we bring a sacrifice of thanksgiving for Who God is and the mighty acts He has done in our lives. The adjectives and activities of God are beyond description; He is our Source, our Mighty Fortress, our Rock, our Sustainer and Provider. He is Alpha and Omega, the great I AM, God the Lord, El Shaddai. He is the Maker of each moment, Author of our hope and freedom through Christ Jesus, our Adonai. These don’t come remotely close to scratching the surface of how great God is. Truthfully, we can’t comprehend Him fully, but we can acknowledge with gratitude those moments in our lives where God unmistakably, undeniably, unabashedly revealed His perfect nature to us. How can we not pour forth with thanksgiving? And here’s the good news: when we call upon Him in our distress, He will answer. He’s not a distant deity, but a loving Lord who cares for His people. He cares for you, more than you can ever comprehend.

Micah 6:6-8: “With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Give thanks today with a thankful heart for all God has done. He’s not done yet!

Further Reading: Psalm 118:1-7; 2 Corinthians 2:14-17

Pray with me:

Father, we offer up to you the sacrifices of thanksgiving and joy. Inhabit the praises of Your people today; may they be a sweet aroma in Your presence. We pray this in Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

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