Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the Lord.
One day I came home from work. I got out of my truck and walked inside. When I opened the door, my youngest son came running and wanted me to hold him. Another day I came home and my daughter had made me a card. Another day my oldest son sat and continued watching tv. I’m kidding about my oldest son, partially. The first two are examples of my children expressing me love not out of obligation but out of desire. They wanted me to know they were thinking about me. It warms my heart anytime they do these things. As believers we have many things we do because we should do them. Yet, our hearts should look to our Heavenly father how we can show Him how much we love Him.
This passage tells us there are things that we can give God that warms his heart.
1. A Broken heart.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
God is a God that specializes in healing the broken. When we come to him broken, He is the master at healing. These times are tender, and He treats them with care as a patient father. The contrast is when we come pridefully. We are praying like we should, yet God resists us because of our hardness.
By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.
There is a difference in flattery and praise. Flattery can even be truthful but is not sincere. Praise comes out of a heart of thanksgiving. Praise comes when we realize how good God has really been to us.
3. Good Works
But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
We don’t do good works to obtain heaven or favor with God. We do good works to show our father we love Him. God works are a method of worship.
I encourage you to pick one sacrifice today to show our Father how much you love Him, and do it with your whole heart!