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A SACRIFICE OF THANKFULNESS – February 1

One truth taught throughout Scripture is that salvation is a gift, and that we cannot buy the smallest part of it. We are aware of the fact that in a time of drought we can-not buy one drop of rain. Much less can we buy one drop of the blood of Christ to wash away even the smallest part of one sin.

When then in Psalm 51:16 David writes, “For Thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it Thee; Thou delightest not in burnt offering,” he plainly is speaking of sacri¬fices we make and of burnt offerings which we present, and which cannot buy any part of salvation from God.

There are however sacrifices and offerings that do please Him and in which God does find delight. The sacrifice of Christ on the cross God not only desired and delighted in, but He decreed it for our salvation. And by it He did pay the full price of our salvation and satisfied fully His justice.

Another sacrifice that pleases Him David speaks of in the next verse in Psalm 51. Our versification which we sing presents it thus:

A broken spirit is to God a pleasing sacrifice:
A broken and a contrite heart
Thou, Lord, wilt not despise.

For here we deal not with a sacrifice to obtain salvation, but with sacrifices and offerings that express thankfulness for salvation that has been obtained, because God gracious¬ly gave it to us.

This pleases God because it renders to Him the praise that is due to His name. It acknowledges Him as the merci-ful Giver and not as the demanding seller of salvation. And today we had better have that cross of Christ clearly before our eyes. In the measure that we see the sacrifice that God made for our salvation, we will bring to Him offerings of praise and thanksgiving. We will cry out, “0 God, how good Thou art!”

The question is not as to how well you fared in earthly things yesterday. The question is not how well you were physically and what your flesh enjoyed. The question is whether you appreciate as much as you should and thank God for the salvation He freely gives.

Read: Psalm 34

Psalter versification: 144:4

This devotional was written by Rev. Heys and published by the Reformed Book Outlet. 

Feb 1, 2016

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