The Psalm begins by God setting the stage by exulting himself, “The Mighty One, God the Lord speaks and summons the earth.” He then addresses his audience, “Gather to me my faithful ones, who made a covenant with me by sacrifice.” The direct context for Psalm 50 is the nation of Israel, but it also applies to us who are in Covenant with God through the sacrifice of Christ. After establishing his audience God then brings up the subject matter, their sacrifices. God then makes an interesting statement about the sacrifices of His covenant people:
“Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you;
your burnt offerings are continually before me.
I will not accept a bull from your house
or goats from your folds.
For every beast of the forest is mine,
the cattle on a thousand hills.
I know all the birds of the hills,
and all that moves in the field is mine.
If I were hungry, I would not tell you,
for the world and its fullness are mine.” (V.8-12)
What God is saying is that He is not a needy God. God is not lacking in anything. Whatever Israel brings to Him is already His: the bulls, the goats, the beast, the birds, all that moves, God is the owner of it all…”the world and its fullness are mine.”
This fact still holds true today. Everything that exists is the Lord’s…including your money. We so quickly forget that all that we have is not ours. Our homes are the Lords, our money is the Lords, our stuff is the Lords, our children are the Lords, and we are the Lords.
Therefore, when God requests that we give to Him, it is not so that He can fill up His coffers, for His coffers are full. So what is the reason? The reason is to show us the condition of our heart. Verse 14 says, “Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving.” Verse 23 says, “The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me.” If we truly understand what the Lord has given to us, grateful giving should automatically flow out of us like rivers. If our giving to the Lord is not existent, than it is an indicator of your lack of understanding of what God has given to you. If your giving is burdensome (joyless), then it is an indicator of your lack of understanding of what God has given to you.
Therefore, this Sunday, approach offering differently, whether it is a box in the back of the sanctuary or a plate that is passed. View your gift as worship. View your gift as a physical display of your gratefulness of God’s grace towards you.