23He who sacrifices thank offerings and honors me, and he prepares the way so that I may show him the salvation of God.
The psalmist speaks of the awesomeness of God but also of how the people of Israel thought that only sacrifices would please God. When we were children, many of us learned how to say 'please' and 'thank you' as soon as we could talk. We were and are to say it as often as we can as a form of acknowledgement of the assistance of others. But what about God? How often do we thank Him. The psalm points out that it's in acknowledging God by thanking Him and praising Him that He loves most. It has been said that man loves recognition more than money. The recognition is the acknowledgment of the work done. God is no different. He wants our acknowledgment and thanks because He doesn't have to do anything. He decided to make us in His own image so we are like the one who created us in that we desire acknowledgement for a job well done. God does more than enough every day. He wakes us up, keeps us breathing, He even protects us from things seen and unseen. He does so much and has such a thankless 'job'. But it's the toughest job that He loves to do because He loves us. Putting in the offering plate is great and so is saying thank you and showing gratitude to Him even by treating thy neighbor well. All these things God sees when we make our sacrifices. But if we don't say thank you and we don't treat each other well, God will rebuke us as the psalm poins out. Do you tell God thank you every day? Do you praise Him every day?
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