As human beings we all have a soft corner,especially when it comes to be grateful to the person who takes care of us, who is always beside us, in our bad times as well as in our good times.What we do or give such person is a matter of the heart,a matter of love.We don’t hesitate to stand firm in support of our benefactors even if there is a hidden danger.We do so much for mortal men and women whose capabilities are limited.
What should be our attitude towards the person who is always looking after us?
How should we thank him for blessing us with abundance of grace?
I quote from the Holy Book
“Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
bring an offering,and come into his courts. Psalm 96:8
So we have an answer of our questions. The Lord wants to be happy in our prosperity.We should approach the Lord,the king of kings with the best of all that we have.
He is certainly not unhappy with those who have nothing to give him like gold,silver and dollars but he knows the physical,mental,spiritual and financial status of everyone,so we can’t bluff him.Only the financial growth of an individual is not enough.A person’s prosperity is safe and secure so long he/she strives to pay due homage to the Lord of everything.
Some people ask themselves a valid question;does the Lord require our financial or earthly offerings?
To know the appropriate answer let us read PSALM 50
The mighty one,god the Lord,
speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting.
Out of Zion, perfection of beauty, God shines forth.
Our God comes and does not keep silence,before him is a devouring fire,and a mighty tempest all around him.He calls to the heavens above and to the earth,that he may judge his people:’Gather to me my faithful ones,who made a covenant with me by sacrifice!’
The heavens declare his righteousness,for God himself is judge.
‘Hear O my people,and I will speak, O Israel,I will testify against you. I am God,your God.Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you;your burnt -offerings are continually before me.I will not accept a bull from your house,or goats from your folds.For every wild animal of the forest is mine,the cattle on a thousand hills. I know all the birds of the air,and all that moves in the field is mine.
‘If I were hungry,I would not tell you,for the world and all that is in it is mine.Do I eat the flesh of bulls,or drink the blood of goats?Offer to God a sacrifice of THANKSGIVING,and pay your vows to the Most High.Call on me in the day of trouble ;I will deliver you,and you shall glorify me.’
But to the wicked God says:’What right have you to recite my statutes,or take my covenant on your lips?For you hate discipline,and you cast my words behind you. You make friends with a thief when you see one,and you keep company with adulterers.’You give your mouth free rein for evil,and your tongue frames deceit. You sit and speak against your kin;you slander your own mother’s child.These things you have done and I have been silent;you thought that I was one just like yourself.But now I rebuke you, lay the charge before you.’Mark this, then,you who forget God,or I will tear you apart,and there will be no one to deliver.Those who bring thanksgiving as their sacrifice honour me;to those who go the right way I will show the salvation of God.’
Very interesting indeed as well as frightening,we literally have nothing to give him except our self sacrifices.He doesn’t like the prayers of a lier,a slanderer,a person who finds faults with his neighbours and relatives.The offerings of such people are considered as bribes to the Lord to continue with the works of the devil.
He certainly enjoys our thanksgiving but at the same time he doesn’t want us to continue with our sinful ways of living.Our love for God and our thanksgiving must reflect in our faces so that the evil people will be forced to flee from among us. They will not dare to harm us. The darkness will be scared of us,hell will tremble at the sight of God’s beloved ones,the storms and the earthquakes will forget their activities at the sight of such blessed people.That is the true sacrifice to the Lord.That is what will enable the Lord to boast before the devil as he had done with Job the great lover of God.
The clean tongue that which never speaks evil but praises and thanks the Lord always will be sufficient to defeat an army of billions of soldiers.
The Lord is with us but we have to make ourselves worthy vessels to hold his grace and blessings.Holy things dwell in holy objects and not in unholy objects.