Walk in Wisdom – Gleanings from Scripture
Psalm 50.14 Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and perform your vows to the Most High, 15 and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.
This passage gives us a good glimpse behind the words of Jesus in Matt. 9:13-Go and learn what this means, I desire mercy, and not sacrifice. For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners. To the ears of a Jew, whose entire worship centered upon the sacrifices, this was no doubt provocative. The verses above these two in Psalm 50 record God telling the Israelites that while sacrifices are commanded, they are not in and of themselves what God is after. They represent something else. Each is meant to portray Christ Jesus in His sacrificial work at Calvary. What He wants FROM us, is hearts that harmonize with His own. So it is as we look at Christ’s finished work and rejoice in that, denying ourselves anything of our own contribution to the work – we give acceptable sacrifices, of thanksgiving. But He delights to have something else from us too. It does not contribute to our justification in any way, but it is a pleasure to Him in our relationship with Him: Faithfulness. To – perform your vows to the Most High – . To be a people who are marked out as those who have the integrity both to make and keep our vows, promises and obligations. A rare commodity in our world. Our failure here is evident everywhere isn’t it? Divorce is the first place we see it. Men and women who seal their marriages, their covenants together before God to love, honor and cherish till death us do part – tossed aside like it is nothing. And just look at our courts. Every contract agreed to, made, signed and entered into can be challenged, broken, overturned, denied and ignored like so much wind. We are an unfaithful people. Promises may be unblushingly trammeled upon by a set of proverbial crossed fingers. But faithfulness, loyalty, promises kept – these are rare today. But why does God relish this so? Because it is like Him. He is nothing if He is not faithful to His promises. Absolutely bound to His word. Unshakably, inviolably, unmovably steadfast and sure and true. True enough, that He would give His own Son to die, to carry out His promises to those who do not even believe them.