Thankful Response (Psalm 40:8)



God has done wonderful works for us that are beyond number.  As humans, we cannot remember all that he has done and understandably, there have been many occasions when God was working in our lives and we did not recognize him or his handy work.  Because God has done these many works for us, what does he expect from us?  

Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required. (Psalms 40:6)

According to this passage, it isn’t sacrifice and offering.  Wait!  Why not?  Didn’t God institute both of them?  Didn’t he inspire an entire book of the bible on the various types of offerings and how to prepare and offer them?  If so, then why isn’t that what he wants?

Sacrifice and offerings may be what we need, but they aren’t what God wants.  Sacrifice and offerings are external actions that can be performed by anyone, but God is more concerned about what is on the inside.  Just as he chose a king for Israel based on what was within man, God is also concerned about what is within us.

I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart. (Psalms 40:8)

God wants a heart condition.  He wants us to be willing to do his will and to carry his law in our hearts.  If we focus on the outside, we become no different than the Pharisees.  As Jesus said, we do nothing more than clean the outside of the cup.  If we focus on the inside, the heart becomes yielded and sensitive to God.  Once the inside is right, the outside will take care of itself.

Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. (Psalms 139:23-24)

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No Reputation (Philippians 2:7)

Jesus went from one end of the being spectrum to the other: from being God to becoming a slave. He was not forced to make this decision because he had done wrong by positioning himself as God like Lucifer had attempted to do, but willfully chose to do this because of our need of redemption and his loving desire to meet that need.

But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: (Philippians 2:7)

Jesus set the example and the Father wants us to follow. He wants us to lose our life for his sake. He lost it for ours and now he wants us to lose ours for him. His loss was greater than ours. His loss brought him to a low state of living. Not a low state of living in sin, but of hunger, thirst, weariness and eventual death. When we lose our lives, we only lose the desires we have for them. What God is asking us to do is trifle in comparison to what he has done for us.

What are you willing to lose for God? Can we really say lose? For God says that whoever loses his life for God’s sake will find it. But again, are you willing to step away from your life so that God can gain what he needs from your life?

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