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A Public Offering

Psalms 40:6-10 :

Sacrifice and offering you didn’t desire.
You have opened my ears.
You have not required burnt offering and sin offering.
Then I said, “Behold, I have come.
It is written about me in the book in the scroll.
I delight to do your will, my God.
Yes, your law is within my heart.”
I have proclaimed glad news of righteousness in the great assembly.
Behold, I will not seal my lips, Yahweh, you know.
I have not hidden your righteousness within my heart.
I have declared your faithfulness and your salvation.
I have not concealed your loving kindness and your truth from the great assembly.

This is one of those passages about which I'm not so sure I follow what David is communicating. Actually, poetry can be challenging to understand at times no matter where it is found. Here David starts out by saying that God was not requiring an offering and he ends by saying that he openly praises God in front of everyone. Even if this connection wasn't intended by David, there is one that is made in the New Testament. Here's where:

Hebrews 13:16 :

Through him, then, let us offer up a sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of lips which proclaim allegiance to his name. But don’t forget to be doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

Today, the Jewish sacrificial system has ceased, but we are still called to offer up a sacrifice as Christians today. It isn't a sacrifice for our sins. It's actually a sacrifice because our sins have already been removed. It's a sacrifice of praise and doing good works. David talks about both here. He says that he delights in doing God's will. Like David, God has put His word into our hearts too. We actually want to do God's will now. God also wants us to praise him, but David gives us a little more information about that here.

David says: "I will not seal my lips," and says that he didn't hide God's righteousness within his heart. Instead he said that he declared God's faithfulness, salvation, loving kindness and truth to the "great assembly." You can say that David refused to keep his religion to himself. I believe in personal praise, but I also believe that the Bible clearly teaches us, right here, that we should be praising God in public. What a great way to be a witness to those who don't know Him yet. We may seem crazy to them, but God wants us to communicate to those around us. Those who see and hear us may gain some hope that God could help them too and if they don't, we can know that God will still accept our offering.

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