From Agony to Eagerness - Part 4

Opening Prayer

Father God, open my heart to Your Word. Help my eyes to see, and my heart to draw closer to you. Amen.

 

Read: Psalm 50:23

“The 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)

 

Reflect:

In the Old Testament, “thank offerings” pleased God because they were acts of worship from a grateful heart. In the New Living Translation, this verse says, “But giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors me.”

There’s a certain sacrifice that happens when we worship God with our whole being. It often means putting ourselves in a place of potential raised eyebrows. It may put us just beyond (or way beyond) our comfort zone. Yet our praise and worship is for an audience of One. It’s Him we honor when we bow in respect. When we set aside our desire to look “right” in the eyes of others and instead give ourselves fully to the adoration of God Almighty, there’s no way we can miss the look of absolute joy and pleasure from our Father in heaven.

Abraham was a man who took thank offerings to a whole new level…offering his son on an altar at God’s command. At the last moment, when he was about to follow through in obedience, God provided a ram…an alternate sacrifice. His thank offering showed his ultimate love for His Father, withholding nothing.

 

Apply:

Are your thank offerings to God symbolic of your relationship with Him? Are they filled and overflowing with a heart of obedience, gratefulness and sacrifice…or do you hold back because you’re not sure if He’s really going to follow through with the promises in His Word?

When we lay down a thank offering that’s beyond what’s “reasonable”, can you begin to imagine how the heart of God must swell knowing we are telling Him all over again…we’re all in, it’s all yours, God!

Are you holding something tightly with your fist that needs to be released as a thank offering?

 

Closing Prayer:

Dear Father, I ask that you reveal to me the thing(s) I’m holding onto that could be a thank offering to You. Give me the courage and faith to step out and give that to you, withholding nothing. I love you. Amen.

Terry Schneider