Saturday, November 22, 2008

Spiritual Sundays

This week I was reading in Psalms 50 and it is such an appropriate Psalm for Thanksgiving week. In this Psalm the Lord was talking to the people of Israel. He spoke about the sacrifices that were made and although the people had lost sight of the godly purpose of sacrifice. The Lord designed the sacrificial system as the means whereby He would shower His mercy on those He loves. The ultimate sacrifice - Jesus would come later as the ultimate means of showing His love to us. The Lord reminded the people that he did not need anything, He had created it all. What He desired was the sacrifice of praise,thanksgiving and obedience:
"Offer to God thanksgiving, and pay your vows to the Most High. Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me."
Following this there is a section where He addresses the wicked who merit judgement. These have blatantly forsook the teachings of God and did evil. He tells them:
"Whoever offers praise glorifies Me; and to him who orders his conduct aright, I will show the salvation of God." This is the opportunity to receive God's mercy and grace.
What a wonderful God we serve, what a joy to reflect on His mercy, grace and love. May we offer to Him our thanks and praise!
May your Sunday be blessed.

9 comments:

  1. What a great message. A splendid reminder of what a great God we have. This week I read an article in Focus, a magazine from Fuller Theological Seminary with the title: You Don't Want Fair, You Want Grace. Ah yes, that is what we want and need is mercy and grace. Let us remember to praise Him for it!

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  2. What a good reminder. God doesn't need our sacrifices, but we need them. How wonderful that he made the supreme sacrifice for us. Thank you for sharing this.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

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  3. I loved this reminder! Thank-you for this great scripture for us this week.
    God Bless,
    Ginger

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  4. Thanks for your thoughts.
    We need to be truly thankful this Thanksgiving week.

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  5. I'm thankful for the "one sacrifice" He made for all time!! Now He sits at the right hand of my heavenly Father and makes intercession for me. If that doesn't cause you to be thankful and shout praises, then you don't understand the gospel of Jesus Christ. It truly is the "Good News".

    God bless you.

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  6. Thank you for reminding us to always be thankful to our bountiful Father.
    Come visit and see my offering.
    http://smilingsally.blogspot.com/2008/11/gratitude.html

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  7. What a beautiful reminder of God's desires of us. I enjoy the Psalms very much. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

    Blessings,
    Kathi :)

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  8. Wonderful words of wisdom. God prefers our obedience to sacrifice any day. Happy Thanksgiving!

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  9. Thank you for your sweet comment!

    God is the only thing that could have gotten either one of us through losing our dads the way we did!

    Love and Blessings!
    Naomi

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