I have no need of a bull from your stallPsalm 50:9-15 NIV
or of goats from your pens,
for every animal of the forest is mine,
and the cattle on a thousand hills.
I know every bird in the mountains,
and the insects in the fields are mine.
If I were hungry I would not tell you,
for the world is mine, and all that is in it.
Do I eat the flesh of bulls
or drink the blood of goats?
“Sacrifice thank offerings to God,
fulfill your vows to the Most High,
and call on me in the day of trouble;
I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”
In the ancient world it was thought that the gods controlled just about everything that happened. But the gods also needed what humans had to offer them. The sacrifices they offered were actually food for the gods. Without the sacrifices the gods would be weakened. So, in some ways, the gods were dependent on the people who served them.
But in this psalm of Asaph, God is distinguished from the gods of the surrounding peoples. God does not need our sacrifices. Or anything else we have to offer him for that matter. He has all he needs without any participation on our part. He owns everything and needs nothing.
God Delights In Delivering Us
God calls on Israel, and believers today, to present thank offerings and to fulfill our commitments to him. Not because it benefits God, but because it benefits us. When we are faithful to him, we can count on God’s faithfulness to us. He invites us to call on him in our times of trouble. When we do, he will delight in delivering us. God’s desire is to help those who come to him in their need, seeking what only he can give. So unlike the gods of the ancient world; or of our world today.
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