Psalm 69:30-31 I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving. This will please the Lord more than an ox, more than a bull with its horns and hooves.
This psalm reveals the importance of thanksgiving when bringing the Lord an offering.
Bringing an ox or a bull was the highest offering. That’s the big one. But even the greatest offering is not pleasing to the Lord if it is not done with a spirit of thanksgiving.
In 2 Corinthians 9:6-8, Paul shows you how to bring a thanksgiving offering unto the Lord.
He first describes the kingdom principle; whoever sows sparingly reaps sparingly and whoever sows generously will reap generously.
As a farmer, if you have an abundance of grain in your barns and you decide to enjoy your abundance but don’t sacrifice some of that seed by sowing it into the ground, you will not see future harvests. The Kingdom principle of sowing and reaping is very clear. We are to ‘go to work’ in our fields and start sowing seed generously, and then we will see an abundance of future harvests.
But, Paul says in 2 Corinthians 9:7, that the attitude of your heart is just as important to God as the sowing.
It is important to wash your offerings in pools of thanksgiving before bringing them to the Lord. This is simply thanking the Lord for what He has provided you with. Whether you are able to bring a large or small offering, thank the Lord for His provision.
Some people interpret Psalm 69:30-31 as though praise and thanksgiving are what the Lord really wants and it’s worth so much more than bringing Him an actual gift.
Well, if that’s what you believe try that on your wife’s next birthday or wedding anniversary and good luck!
Isaiah 29:13 says “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is based on merely human rules they have been taught.”
Be someone whose heart is fully committed to God. That’s what He is looking for; someone who will withhold nothing from Him whether it’s your time, your service or your treasure.
Don’t just honor the Lord with your lips, honor Him with an offering from your hands and with thanksgiving in your heart.