Psalm 50:9-10 – God Doesn’t Need Your Sacrifice

Daily Devotional Bible Verse

I will not accept a bull from your house
 or goats from your folds.
  For every beast of the forest is mine, 
the cattle on a thousand hills. (Psalm 50:9-10 ESV)

We have a problem here. God is telling the Israelites he won’t accept their sacrifices. First of all, he owns the things they are trying to sacrifice to him. This can be a problem. Usually when we sacrifice, we are giving up something of our own and going without it. But, it isn’t much of a sacrifice when you never really owned it in the first place. The Israelites had continued to sacrifice to God even though they weren’t really following him. It almost became a tool to make God do what they wanted him to do. The only problem is that God doesn’t work that way.

What are you “sacrificing” to God because you think it is something you have to do to make him happy? It might be volunteering at the church, waking up early to read your Bible, or something else very religious. These are all good things, but not when the wrong attitude is behind them.  We can become like the Israelites and think we are giving something to God that he doesn’t already have.  In reality he is the one who has given us these gifts and blessings.  We delight God when we give back to him with a heart of thanksgiving, knowing that he is the ultimate gift giver.

Have you been giving with a heart of thanksgiving?