Monday, January 28, 2008

Praise, Promises and Prayer

Very often in life we try to please people. The wife, the kids, the boss, our friends and even God. And very often what we do doesn't please them at all. You try your best to do what that person wants, to give what they want, to say what they want or to behave like they want, only in the end it doesn't have the desired effect. Because we have misunderstood what it is they really want.

King David wrote a song about this in Psalm 50.

David wrote about people who kept on making sacrifices of their prize animals because that is what they though God wanted. When what he was looking for was much different:

Psalm 50 v 13 - 15 Do you think I feast on venison? or drink draughts of goats’ blood? Spread for me a banquet of praise, serve High God a feast of kept promises, And call for help when you’re in trouble— I’ll help you, and you’ll honor me.”

God wants us to remember who he is, keep our word and ask for help.


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