Making sacrifices is hard, and back when this psalm was written, sacrifice was a bit gruesome (or at least bloody, and to me, that kind of insinuates gruesomeness) even. Sacrificing animals is referenced several times in these few stanzas, which were written by one of King David’s chief musicians, Asaph. I got a hardcore vibe from Asaph at first because I was focused on animal sacrifice – “those who made a covenant with me by giving sacrifices (v. 5).” But then I got to the last line and had to read everything again. And wham-O, sacrifice took on a whole new meaning to me.
“But giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors me.”
Giving thanks, You say? Now, that’s not much of a sacrifice at all.
Sum it up:
The Lord, Our God, is a glorious,
Yet frightening power.
He called on those who listened,
But He continues to invite those
Who don’t even want to hear.
He says, “Just open your heart to me,
And I will fill it, no questions asked.”
Sum it up: sacrifice
Sacrifice a moment of your time today to give thanks.