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Annually on May 30
Sacrifice thank offerings to God, fulfill your vows to the Most High, and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me." (Psalm 50:14, 15)
In this promise from Psalms 50, God speaks and tells the Israelites of what pleases him and how they can get deliverance when they are in trouble. God made it clear that he was not so much interested in the outward expressions of their faith as he was in their inner purity and faithfulness, which he was always looking for in their lives.
God spoke through his servant Asaph and said,
"Gather to me my consecrated ones, who made a covenant with me by sacrifice." (Psalm 50:5)
God told them that he was not rebuking them for their sacrifices or burnt offerings, but he also wanted them to know some facts. So he said:
I have no need of a bull from your stall 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 creatures of the field 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? (Psalm 50:9-13)
Outward expressions of our faith are good, but what God desires in our lives is inner purity. If we can give that to the Lord, he would be very pleased with us and answer our prayers. Jesus said,
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. (Matthew 5:8)
The Apostle Paul says,
For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you his Holy Spirit. (1 Thessalonians 4:8)
May the Holy Spirit help each one of us to purify ourselves with the Word of God so that we may continually experience the deliverance of God in our lives.
Posted by Dr. Johnson Cherian