I hope I still have some people reading the Psalms along with me. I have been reading every day, but have not posted about it for the past week and a half or so. These Psalms are so thought provoking and rich in metaphor and symbolism. I love to just read them and soak them in. They are all just so beautiful.
Today we are 1/3 of the way through these wonderful words of comfort, strengthand faith. This 50th Psalm has a lot of substance to it. What struck me the most about it was that God doesn't need our sacrifices. He wants our loyalty and our allegiance, certainly, but he doesn't need anything from us. Everything is already His anyway, so it stands to reason that He really doesn't need us to give him anything.
He is a loving and patient God, though, so He doesn't just take what is His, He allows us to give Him our meager sacrifices and He accepts them as if they are gold. It reminds me of the pictures and artwork we, as parents receive from our children. The line drawings and tissue paper flowers that we are given by our children are not likely to win any awards for outstanding artwork of the century, but we act as if they will when they are presented to us. It means so much to us that our little ones took the time to sit down and make something for us from their heart. They sacrifice their time and their talent, just for us. It is so precious to us, that we praise our child and tell them that their art is the best we have ever received - and we are sincere in our praise.
So it is with our Heavenly Father, when we present our offerings to him - childish and crude though they may be - He accepts them and praises us for our efforts. We smile and feel that we have really done something outstanding - and we have in His eyes. It may not look like it to some who are better at sacrificing than we are, but it doesn't matter. Our sacrifices are just between ourselves and God; not to be judged by others.
It is our effort, our faith and our obedience that God wants. He doesn't need any of it. It is for our own benefit. He loves us enough to make us feel as if we have done something special even though, in reality, it wasn't that big of a deal to anyone but us; just like we do with our children. This grows our self esteem, so that we are able to step a bit further out of our comfort zones the next time. Our sacrifices become bigger and more far reaching - we are able to show our love for God to others through the sacrifices that we make and this is what draws others to His love.
No, God doesn't need any of it, but I really love the way He makes us feel as if He does.
© KDV 2009