Bible in 365 Days – Day 137

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Focus Chapters:

  • Psalms 50
  • Psalms 73-74

 

Standout Verse(s):

Psalms 50:7-14 NLT

“O my people, listen as I speak.
Here are my charges against you, O Israel:
I am God, your God!
I have no complaint about your sacrifices
or the burnt offerings you constantly offer.
But I do not need the bulls from your barns
or the goats from your pens.
For all the animals of the forest are mine,
and I own the cattle on a thousand hills.
I know every bird on the mountains,
and all the animals of the field are mine.
If I were hungry, I would not tell you,
for all the world is mine and everything in it.
Do I eat the meat of bulls?
Do I drink the blood of goats?
Make thankfulness your sacrifice to God,
and keep the vows you made to the Most High.

 

Observation (s):

  1. The Israelites constantly offered sacrifices and burnt offerings per Israel’s stipulated laws.

    “O my people, listen as I speak.
    Here are my charges against you, O Israel:
    I am God, your God!
    I have no complaint about your sacrifices
    or the burnt offerings you constantly offer.

  2. While God had no complaints about them following the law, He indicated that He wanted something more from them, that surpassed the routine of religion.

    Make thankfulness your sacrifice to God,
    and keep the vows you made to the Most High.

     

Application:

We attend to our religious duties on autopilot, without mech thought or feeling. The religiosity of our sacrifices and offerings have become ingrained within us. We give our tithes. We go to church every Sunday or Saturday and as needed during the weekdays. We donate, when we are called to. We attend Bible study. We make time to read our Bibles and pray. We make the pilgrims. We make the physical spiritual sacrifices that are expected of us because they are what are expected. We have no emotional connection or rationale to the religious acts that we partake in on a daily basis.

God doesn’t need your acts of religion. He doesn’t need acts that are fostered by religious duty. He doesn’t need you to do something because it is what is expected of you. He owns the world and everything in it, thus He doesn’t need you to offer sacrifices to Him. What God wants is simple. He desires the emotional connection that inspires your acts of religion. Acts inspired by a recognition and thankfulness of who He is. He desires you to keep the vows you made to Him. Only then does your offerings and sacrifices, with new personal meaning, become worthy of being ingrained into your subconsciousness and integral to your lifestyle.


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Bible in 365 Days – Day 132

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Focus Chapters:

  • Psalms 61-62
  • Psalms 64-67

 

Standout Verse(s):

Psalms 66:13-14 NLT

Now I come to your Temple with burnt offerings
to fulfill the vows I made to you—
yes, the sacred vows that I made
when I was in deep trouble.

 

Observation (s):

  1. When his deep trouble ended, David still honoured the vows he had made to God.

    Now I come to your Temple with burnt offerings
    to fulfill the vows I made to you—
    yes, the sacred vows that I made
    when I was in deep trouble.

     

Application:

To vow means to swear, take an oath, pledgepromiseaffirmavowundertake, give an undertaking, engagecommit, commit oneself, make a commitment, give one’s word, give one’s word of honour, give an assurance or guarantee. How would you feel if you worked for a month and your boss refused to pay you? Would you have been happy to continue working without the necessary payment that your contract or bargain dictated that you were entitled to? I bet not!

Now let’s talk about our oaths to God. In the midst of our sticky situations, we tend to bargain with God. We appeal for His deliverance while committing to do something in return. Oftentimes when God delivers on His end, we forget our part of the bargain or refuse to fulfill our promise. That is definitely not fair to God!

How many times have you made pledges to God in the midst of your deep trouble? Did you give your word that you would execute some action, if God came through for you? How many times did God come through for you yet you have failed to uphold your end of the deal? Like David, your word should be your bond. Honour your vows to God.


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