A Sacrifice Freely Given
“I will freely sacrifice to You. I will praise Your name, O Lord, for it is good.” (Psalms 54:6)
Early in this psalm, David makes a lament to God to deliver him from his enemies and to vindicate him for his righteousness. (I would encourage you to read the whole brief psalm.) He pleads with God to hear his prayer, just as we often seek for God to hear and answer our pleas for help. Then he offers to freely sacrifice to God.
David does not offer his sacrifice as a condition to God as if to say, “I will offer the sacrifice to you IF You will give me what I ask of You.” He does not offer his sacrifice like a payment to God for His favor. He does not offer the sacrifice as an expected act of obedience to a legal requirement, nor because he feels compelled to offer it. Rather, he
says, “I will FREELY sacrifice to You.”
David’s sacrifice was going to be offered without condition or expectation. The sacrifice was made out of gratitude. “For He HAS DELIVERED me out of all trouble; and my eye HAS SEEN its desire upon my enemies” (verse 7). God has always taken care of David in the past and He will do it again. David leaves the protection and cares with His God and
offers up his thanks freely.
Jesus taught us to pray and ask the Father for the things we need. We need to trust in the Father who has always richly provided for us in the past, and will do so again. Our pleas should be preceded by our thanks for what He has already given (Philippians 4:6). Instead of us being demanding, we should be thankful, faithful, and trusting in Him.
When it comes to our giving, we should bring our gifts and offerings to God without conditions or expectations. Living under the New Covenant of Christ, we do not have a specification for tithing or any other required amount. We don’t pay taxes or fees to the church. Rather, we freely bring our gifts and sacrifices to the Lord. We don’t bargain with
the Lord that IF He does what we want we will give. We love Him and thank Him, so we freely give.
When it comes to other acts of worship, we freely give. “Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name” (Hebrews 13:15). Coming to the Assembly on the Lord’s Day, and whenever we meet, is more than a duty to fulfill. Joining in song, in prayer, in the study of the apostles’ doctrine, in giving, and in the communion become our freely given sacrifices to the God we love because He is great, because He is good, and because of all that He has done for us. We can never repay Him, but we can offer to Him, first ourselves, and then our worship out of hearts filled with thanksgiving, adoration and love.