A True Sacrifice Offering
Psalm 50:5 – “Gather My godly ones to Me, Those who have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice.”
According to Psalm 50:5, covenant and sacrifice are related. We make a covenant with God with sacrifice, which in today’s term is worship.
What is Covenant?
Exodus 19:5-6 “…if you keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine; and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation…”
Covenant (via which we become God’s people) = Sacrifice (worship)
As His holy priests, this nation represented by us becomes God’s nation. When we enter into a covenant with God, this means we become God’s people; sacrifice is like worship. We are placed under God’s absolute protection and care. If we become God’s nation or people, it’s a kingdom of priests and we become a holy nation. So if we come to a sacrifice (worship), He will make us holy and someone closest to Him – His priests. Without worship, there cannot be a covenant, nor can we become His people (Ps 50:5). Quality of this worship defines if we are God’s nation or not.
What Kind of Offering Have We Brought?
When God accepts our offering or worship service, He accepts US. Genesis 4:4-5 shows that He accepts and rejects certain sacrifices. “…And the Lord had regard for Abel and for his offering; but for Cain and for his offering He had no regard…” God doesn’t just accept or reject the offering, but the person himself as well.
Everything in this world is already God’s. The offering that God wants is thanksgiving (Ps 50:5). The word Thanksgiving is derived from the word “hand” (yad) – meaning, we come with open hands to God and give something to God.
What is the Sacrifice of Thanksgiving?
Faith in the Ruler of the Universe: True Thanksgiving can only come when we believe our Father is ruler of this universe. Faith is when we do not doubt that Father God is in control of our lives – whether good or bad, in all circumstances. Challenges come in our lives to ripen us; in the same way a grain of rice endures harsh weather to become ready for picking. In this way, we can be thankful at all times. That is the secret to giving thanks in all circumstances. When we do that, there will be a miracle every time (Psalm 50:1, 4). Daniel is a man who demonstrates this kind of faith. Daniel lifted up a prayer to God acknowledging that He is in control when he and his friends were about to be killed unless he could recount and interpret King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream (Daniel 2:20-21). After giving this prayer, Daniel was able to do just that with the wisdom God gave him.
Conviction of Salvation – if we call upon Him, He will rescue us. Thus, when we know we are saved, we can give thanks. If we bring thanksgiving to God, we can call on God especially in the day of trouble (Ps 50:14-15). Whatever we ask of the Father in Jesus’ name, He will give to us (John 15:16; Phil 4:6-7).
Fruit(s) of Salvation – where there is love, there is fruit. Our lives must be the same as our worship. Psalm 50:23 “And to him who orders his way (derek) aright I shall show the salvation of God.” We have to set our ways right. Offering thanksgiving is parallel to setting our ways/paths straight. Therefore the actions in our daily lives must be the same as our worship, sacrifice and thanksgiving (Micah 6:6-8). James 1:27 states “This is pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father: (1) to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and (2) to keep oneself unstained by the world.” This is the fruit/lifestyle to bring true sacrifice of thanksgiving.
When we have:
1. Faith in the Ruler of the Universe – we can give thanks in ALL circumstances!
2. Conviction in Salvation – God answers prayers!
3. Fruit(s) of Salvation – our worship and our lives are exactly the same.
Thanksgiving is a channel through which Father God had bless us and give us a prosperous life (1 Thess 5:16-18). Faith is like a tree – faith like a seed which grows to become a tree. If we don’t invest in our tree of faith to make it grow, then it will become sick. When our tree of faith grows, we bear 3 types of fruit:
1) rejoicing – which leads to harmony (e.g. good relationships);
2) prayer – we gain power and strength (e.g. God grants our prayers!); and
3) thanksgiving – we have progress and prosperity.