Offerings And Praises Are Natural Responses
Psalm 54:6-7 “(6) I will sacrifice a freewill offering to you; I will praise your name, O LORD, for it is good. (7) For he has delivered me from all my troubles, and my eyes have looked in triumph on my foes.”
Psalm 54:6-7 “(6) With a freewill offering I will sacrifice to you;
I will give thanks to your name, O LORD, for it is good.
(7) For he has delivered me from every trouble,
and my eye has looked in triumph on my enemies.”
The psalmist tells us that he will give an offering, a freewill offering and also praise God for two reasons. First is because God is good and secondly is because God has delivered him from all his troubles and given him success before his enemies. The offerings and praises are therefore the psalmist’s responses to God’s goodness and salvation.
Freewill offerings are different from required offerings. Required offerings are specified and expected in certain amounts. Required offerings that a church with its members agree on, are promises to God that need to be fulfilled. Required offerings are given in obedience to God and promises made. Required offerings demonstrate obedience and loyalty.
Freewill offerings are determined by the giver in response to the need in God’s vineyard or to what God has done. Freewill suggests that its a personal decision to give, a personal choice and not a coercion. Required offerings are also freewill to the extent that we are free to give or not give. However freewill offerings go beyond the choice to give or not to give, they include determining the amount and when to give.
Matthew 6:21 “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Offerings come from our treasure. It is our hearts that respond in gratefulness. It is our hearts that are touched by God’s goodness. It is our hearts that praise God. The heart that is grateful and praising, like all other hearts, resides where treasure is. Therefore giving a freewill offering as a response of gratitude becomes natural. When we don’t give and when we don’t praise, it is because the heart has not been touched by God’s goodness and salvation. The heart according to the Bible, is the guardian of our treasure where all offerings and praises come from. A failure to give offerings and praises, directly speaks of the heart’s condition and attitude towards God’s goodness and salvation. Offerings and praises are natural responses!
To praise God is to speak well about God. To praise God is to defend God’s name from disrepute. To praise God is to be proudly and openly be associated with God. To praise God is to spread a good word about His goodness. To praise is to ascribe majesty, honour and power to God. To praise is to surrender to God’s will. To praise is to consider God greater and better than all others. You can only praise the best and the greatest. To praise is to worship. There is no worship without praise. We worship the object of our praise. The object of our praise is He who is good and saves us. Therefore our praise of God is a response to who we perceive God to be. Offerings and praises are natural responses!
Praise was not designed to be calculated and given in a certain measure. Praise is the bursting of the heart in joy to what God is and has done. when God saved Israelites after they crossed the Red sea, they burst into an unrehearsed song and dance, it was natural. When David eventually brought the Ark of the covenant to Jerusalem, he sang and danced till part of his clothings fell off, that was not rehearsed. When Jesus called the disciples, they left everything immediately to follow Him, they didn’t sit down to calculate risks. when Peter realised importance of foot washing, he asked Jesus to wash his whole body without a care of whether it was public or sensible. Responses to God were designed and expected to be natural and powerful testimonies to God’s goodness, and that is what praise should be.
When worship is boring and cold. when in worship we give so little that God’s work cannot progress. When worship is devoid of generous giving and natural praise energy, then that worship is empty and meaningless. The worshippers who hardly give and who control their praise to meet certain standards instead of naturally responding to God, are worshippers who don’t appreciate God’s goodness and His salvation, and therefore they have no proper response but routine. Offerings and praises are natural responses!
God’s deliverance for which we naturally respond by giving and praise is from every trouble. Every trouble refers to big scary stuff and small negligible issues. It is God who delivers in all situations. It is God who saves in all situations. When life is saved from death, it is God. When a cheap lost pen is found under the table, it is God. God saves in all situations. Therefore our response to God’s goodness and salvation is not a seasonal act but a continuous daily way of life. Offerings become normal, unprompted, un-coerced and generous. Praise becomes natural, energetic, attractive and contagious. Offerings and praises are natural responses!
God gives victory in the face of your enemies. This is because God knows our enemies. Let all enemies be warned that they are known by God. God knows that enemies are jealous and wishing us ill. God therefore gives us a complete satisfaction by granting victory as those who are our enemies watch. God allows us the pleasure of basking in success as those who predicted that we won’t succeed watch. As those who engineered our downfall gloat. Our responses to this situation is not to abuse the enemy or attack the enemy or taunt the enemy. Don’t make the enemy feel that you outwitted them out of your own abilities and strength, because that is not true and that can cause God to leave you immediately to the mercies of your enemies. In victorious times and in the presence of your enemies, focus on God and God alone. Our response is to turn to God and respond to His goodness and salvation. Offerings and praises are natural responses!
May our eyes and mind be opened to God’s goodness and salvation around us. May God’s goodness and salvation in everything abound around us everyday including today. May our offerings and praises be natural acceptable responses to God’s goodness…in Jesus name, Amen!(c)email@example.com (do not delete any part of this post, including this. You are free to share these posts but do not edit the authorship or content…thank you and be blessed!)