Share a Table
From Psalm 50
Hope from Today's Reading:
"Do I eat the flesh of bulls or drink the blood of goats? Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and perform your vows to the Most High." (Psalm 50:13-14 ESV)
So many people just want your stuff. Your body, your attention, your credit card. In some cases, they don't even want your name—just the number, please.
No wonder we transfer this understanding to the Lord.
But a note in my Bible explains the "sacrifice of thanksgiving" and "vows" referenced in Psalm 50 point to the only kinds of Old Testament offerings that allowed the sacrificer and his family to eat portions of the meat. In other words, this wasn't a lay-your-stuff-on-the-altar-and-walk-away kind of deal. It was a meal shared with the Lord.
People have needs. God doesn't. He says, "If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for the world and its fullness are mine" (Psalm 50:12).
Sometimes, people use you to meet their needs and let you walk away, not caring how you've been affected. God won't. He invites you to commune with Him, to share a table with Him, to have your needs met by Him, to be noticed and welcomed and loved.
Nothing about what He asks from you is self-seeking. Not one thing. I cannot emphasize this enough.