His Just Demands
Offer to God thanksgiving,
And pay your vows to the Most High.
Call the Me in the day of trouble;
I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.
Psalm 50 makes it obvious that empty religious acts does not have God’s approval. The psalm declared that God has a case against Israel, and a court was called. The sun, the moon, stars and the whole cosmos, were called to God’s just court as witnesses. And then He declared that He was not interested in empty sacrifices.
In the first place, God is not hungry and is not in need. There is nothing on earth that the heavens need, not rams and goats, and not bulls or lambs. All of our earthly currencies, are of no use to God, and these includes, the powerful pound and dollars. If the heart of the giver is not pure and full of gratitude, the gift becomes detestable.
Long ago, there was a man in a church I pastored, who hardly comes for fellowships, he was engaged in many money making ventures and his inner man lacked attention. But every month, he sends a tithe, ten percent of the labors of the month to appease God. I tried to get close to him but realized he was satisfied with his life as it was. So I asked him to stop paying his tithes to us, because God wants more. The money may be appreciated by the Church system, and paying huge tithes may earn you the applause of your congregational leaders,but God is not broke. He wants you, your heart in purity and full of gratitude without which your sacrifices are not acceptable.
His demands are simple, live worthy of His love, pay your vows with a heart full of gratitude, offer Him thanks for who He is, and enjoy His Fatherly attention. He is saying, that if you live like that, then you can call His number anytime, He will pick your call.
Separate yourself from empty religion.
By Rev. Owolabi Oluwole