Asaph is a Levite and a musician. He is given a vision of the majesty of God in his heavenly court. To be thankful is itself a sacrifice that pleases God.
A Psalm by Asaph.
VERSE 1. The Mighty One, God, The LORD, speaks, and calls the earth from sunrise to sunset.
VERSE 2. Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines out.
God shines out. Asaph is given a vision of the majesty of God.
VERSE 3. Our God comes, and does not keep silent. A fire devours before him. It is very stormy around him.
VERSE 4. He calls to the heavens above, to the earth, that he may judge his people:
that he may judge his people. This judgment does not include all people. It only includes the LORD’s own people.
VERSE 5. “Gather my holy ones together to me, those who have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.”
VERSE 6. The heavens shall declare his righteousness, for God himself is judge. Selah.
VERSE 7. “Hear, my people, and I will speak; Israel, and I will testify against you. I am God, your God.
VERSE 8. I don’t rebuke you for your sacrifices. Your burnt offerings are continually before me.
your sacrifices. God’s people were fulfilling their religious obligations. They had an “obligation mindset.” They did things by rote and out of obligation. They did not have a love for the LORD.
VERSE 9. I have no need for a bull from your stall, nor male goats from your pens.
VERSE 10. For every animal of the forest is mine, and the livestock on a thousand hills.
KJV translation: For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills.
VERSE 11. I know all the birds of the mountains. The wild animals of the field are mine.
VERSE 12. If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for the world is mine, and all that is in it.
VERSE 13. Will I eat the meat of bulls, or drink the blood of goats?
the sacrifice of thanksgiving. To be thankful is itself a sacrifice that pleases God. And for us Christians, it is God’s will that we give thanks in all circumstances:
Psalm 50:14. Offer to God the sacrifice of thanksgiving. Pay your vows to the Most High.
1 Timothy 1:12. I thank him who enabled me, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he counted me faithful, appointing me to service;
1 Thessalonians 5:18. In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus toward you.
VERSE 15. Call on me in the day of trouble. I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”
VERSE 16. But to the wicked God says, “What right do you have to declare my statutes, that you have taken my covenant on your lips,
you have taken my covenant on your lips. These are believers who live wicked lives.
VERSE 17. since you hate instruction, and throw my words behind you?
VERSE 18. When you saw a thief, you consented with him, and have participated with adulterers.
VERSE 19. “You give your mouth to evil. Your tongue frames deceit.
VERSE 20. You sit and speak against your brother. You slander your own mother’s son.
VERSE 21. You have done these things, and I kept silent. You thought that I was just like you. I will rebuke you, and accuse you in front of your eyes.
VERSE 22. “Now consider this, you who forget God, lest I tear you into pieces, and there be no one to deliver.
VERSE 23. Whoever offers the sacrifice of thanksgiving glorifies me, and prepares his way so that I will show God’s salvation to him.”
the sacrifice of thanksgiving glorifies me. That is, “giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors me” (NLT translation).
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