The sacrifice that is thanksgiving (part 1)

"Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and perform your vows to the Most High," - Psalm 50:14

I was struck this morning by this Psalm. And there is so much in it I've decided to break it up into two posts. First notice how this verse is in the imperative. We aren't given the option, we are told to offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving to God.

Reading it this way I began my morning (as is often the case) thanking the Lord for what He's given me, with an attempt at as many specifics as I can handle. I thank the Lord for where I wake up every morning, for how blessed I am to have married the woman I married (especially given all the bone-heads I tried to date in college), and recently for the fact that we asked for a baby and we're going to have one, likely within the week.

There is a lot to be thankful for. This is my sacrifice. Now I assume its called a sacrifice because thanksgiving is admitting we are not responsible for these things. For many of us (perhaps all of us, and especially men), and depending on how practiced we are at it, admitting we aren't responsible for how much money we make, or how in love with us our wives are, is a very difficult thing to do. It is a sacrifice to honor the Lord this way.

I offered my sacrifice of thanksgiving and then finished the Psalm. The last verse (23), says:

"The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me; to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God!" - Psalm 50:23

By offering our commanded sacrifice of thanksgiving we are glorifying the Lord. Glorify the Lord today by obeying His call to a sacrifice of thanksgiving.