Scripture Reading: Psalm 50:7-23
“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, and all that is in it.” (Psalm 50:9-12)
God is totally independent and self-sufficient. He is in need of nothing. In fact, He is the rightful owner of all things — “for every animal in the field is Mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills…for the world is Mine and all that is in it.”
God is confronting the people who were caught up in their rituals rather than a covenant relationship with God. They were making sacrifices to God as if God needed provision — “I have no need of a bull from your stall or of goats from your pens…Do I eat the flesh of bulls or drink the blood of goats?” (Vs. 9,13).
What God desires most of all is a deep relationship with His people — “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” (vs. 14,15).
It is most appropriate for us to reflect upon this Psalm on Thanksgiving Day — “He who sacrifices thank offerings honors Me, and he prepares the way so that I may show him the salvation of God” (v. 23). God desires for us to be thankful for all He has done for us. He delights in us and wants a close relationship with us. The Christian faith is not about religion and ritual, it is about a personal relationship with our all-sufficient God.
Lord God, on this Thanksgiving Day, I give you thanks for all the blessings You have poured out on me. Thank You for saving me and for brining me into a close relationship with You I know that You are all-sufficient and do not need me, but You have chosen to invite me into a covenant relationship with You.
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