King David, Sacrfice & Praise

Handwritten page from the first book of Chronicles chapter 25 verse 16 through chapter 26 verse 7
1Chron 25:16-26:7

Synopsis     1Chron 25:16-26:7     2/4/2020 

King David recognized the importance of vocal praise of God. So, he reorganized the responsibilities of the priests and the non-priest Levites. Under his program, there were twenty-four classes of priests. Likewise, there were twenty-four classes of musicians.  

King David, Sacrifice and Praise 

King David once wrote, “For you do not desire sacrifice, or I would give it; a burnt offering you would not accept. My sacrifice, O God, is a contrite spirit; a contrite, humbled heart, O God, you will not scorn.” (Psa 51:18-19)  

He didn’t say this because sacrifice was unimportant. Instead, he proclaimed this because both sacrifice and praise are intended to accomplish a similar thing. The purpose of both is to focus attention and elevate the value of relationship with God above all things.  

Sacrifice and Praise 

What is the difference between sacrifice and praise?  

I make these distinctions because of what’s going on inside of me. My temptation is not different than what tempted the ancients. I want to be able to say, “I paid my tithes and sacrifices, so now I can do whatever I want.”  

I never say it in such boldface terms, but distilled down to essence this is what’s going on. It’s transactional. 

But praise is harder to fake. After all, I’m dealing with the God of all Creation. No matter what I offer, it could never be enough. My praise is exhausted only when I’m exhausted. My praise is exhausted only after I’ve left everything on the field.  

“Through him [then] let us continually offer God a sacrifice of praise, that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name.” Heb 13:15 

February 6, 2020

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