Why don’t you bring me the sacrifices I desire? Bring me your true and sincere thanks, and show your gratitude by keeping your promises to me, the Most High. Honor me by trusting in me in your day of trouble. Cry aloud to me, and I will be there to rescue you. Psalm 50: 14-15 TPT
This has been a difficult year, and sometimes, it is difficult to find our gratitude when we are feeling buried under so many hard things.
Yes, sometimes I am feeling very grumpy, and I don’t want anyone “in my face” telling me to “be thankful” when I am feeling anything but!
However… grumpy or not, God requires our gratitude and this is the season for the giving of Thanksgiving.
So, let us give God a SACRAFICE of praise.
God does not want phony love that pretends.
What He does require is that we look beyond our troubles to His promises.
He requires us to look beyond our “feelings” and remember His faithfulness in the past.
He wants us to pour out our hearts, even in pain, and reach for Him!
Yes, this has been a difficult year.
And I don’t know about you, but sometimes I feel very grumpy, and out of sorts!
But, even in the midst of all our troubles and dark days?
Even if we are still waiting for Him to work things out for us?
Let us pray these words from Psalm 50 to the LORD.
Let’s exchange our tired and weary prayers, for a heartfelt praise, trusting Him to eventually make all the crooked things straight; restore what has been torn and broken; and let us reach up for His PROMISED PEACE—even if we must do it from the center of our storms.
“Gather all my lovers, my godly ones whose hearts are one with me—those who have entered into my holy covenant by sacrifices upon the altar.” And the heavens declare his justice: “God himself will be their judge, and he will judge them with righteousness!”
Pause in his presence
“Listen to me, O my people! Listen well, for I am your God! I am bringing you to trial and here are my charges.
I do not rebuke you for your sacrifices, which you continually bring to my altar. Do I need your young bull or goats from your fields as if I were hungry? Every animal of field and forest belongs to me, the Creator. I know every movement of the birds in the sky, and every animal of the field is in my thoughts. The entire world and everything it contains is mine. If I were hungry, do you think I would tell you? For all that I have created, the fullness of the earth, is mine. Am I fed by your sacrifices? Of course not!
Why don’t you bring me the sacrifices I desire?
Bring me your true and sincere thanks, and show your gratitude by keeping your promises to me, the Most High. Honor me by trusting in me in your day of trouble. Cry aloud to me, and I will be there to rescue you.
Psalm 50: 5-15 The Passion Translation