“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.Psalm 50:14-15
In the second half of Psalm 50, the Lord sets out an incriminating list of Israel’s sins. They have disregarded God’s instruction, have taken what isn’t theirs, have been morally corrupt, have spoken deceitful and destructive words, and have allowed dissent and conflict within their families. In short, He tells them that they have gone through the motions of honoring Him without actually doing so. Their hearts are far from Him (see Isaiah 29:13). Most stunningly, this list sounds an awful lot like you and me.
But take note of the value the Lord places on thank offerings. Giving thanks is extremely important to Him (v. 23); the thankful person will be shown the salvation of God. Thanksgiving is an essential characteristic of God’s people.
The list of our sins may seem to be always chasing after us, but when we remember all we have to be thankful for, the Lord’s goodness and love overtake us. He prepares a better way and offers us salvation through Jesus Christ. There is nothing we could be more thankful for than that!
Out of the abundance of love we have been shown, let us give thanks and praise.