Trust - Psalm 4:5

Take Time to Pray


Psalm 119:145-147

145 I call with all my heart; answer me, O LORD;

and I will obey Your decrees.

146 I call out to You; save me

and I will keep Your statutes.

147 I rise before dawn and cry for help;

I have put my hope in Your Word.



Examine


Offer right sacrifices

and trust in the Lord.


Context: So much packed into two short lines. The Israelites were to bring a tithe - 10% of their firstfruits. And they were to have a "right" heart - a grateful, trusting heart. A joyful heart offering God some of what He blessed them with.

Instead, some Israelites did not bring their firstfruits - they brought what was leftover - not trusting God to take care of them if they brought Him 10% first. Some didn't bring their very best - bringing animals with blemishes - thinking God wouldn't notice. Or their heart was in the wrong place - giving without gratitude, giving only because they had to - without joy.

What are our offerings today? What is our attitude?



Notice


God

  • God sees our hearts.

  • God cannot be fooled.

  • God sees our inner thoughts.

  • God must be trusted.

Lesson

  • We are to give our very best to God in all we do.

  • We are to trust in God and give generously from that trust.

  • Our sacrifices are between us and God - no shouting "Look what I did for God."

  • Our sacrifices should be given with a joyful, thankful heart.

  • Our sacrifices, being sacrifices, will cost us something.


Do


Question

  • What can I sacrifice to God, other than money?

  • What can I do today?


Response

  • Time, talents, service

  • Prayer, this devotion, begin work on cards (scrapbooking.com - Cards for Kindness)