|God Loves You|
"I will praise God's name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving. This will please the Lord more than an ox, more than a bull with its horns and hoofs." Psalm 69:30,31 NIV.
We think God would be pleased if we did some great thing like build a hospital or fund an orphanage. There is nothing wrong with great charitable acts except most of us can't do them. At best we feel we can only do a little something and say to ourselves, "Oh well, it is a little something for God and I hope it is OK."
God's values are different to ours. Our world is a shadow of the true reality there is much more to understand about God but we are confused by worldly standards; He is more pleased with songs of praise and prayers of thanks than millions of dollars given in his name.
It is right to do good works to honor God, (not to be confused with earning salvation since salvation is a gift and can't be bought or earned, see Ephesians 2:8, 9 and Titus 3:5). We think God wants grand monuments but he wants our hearts and expressions of love and gratitude. This is possible to anyone who knows God, not only the rich and well off.
God treasures the expressions of worship and gratitude and esteems them above donations, gifts and wealth. The revelation of God's word makes it clear that he desires worship and obedience over gifts and sacrifices; we are commanded many times to give our gifts and sacrifices but we must remember that heart felt worship is more pleasing to God than cash.
A gift may be done coldly and absently especially in the age of tax deductions where a gift may actually favor us with tax returns. Praise and worship differs from all other giving, it's nature causes a different level of personal involvement; we actually have to think about God, draw conclusions of what God has done for us, and respond. In worship we grow spiritually, and closer with our Creator. Worship goes beyond the actions of sacrifice and brings us closer to the purpose that God has with mankind- a relationship.
Let us continue to give gifts and sacrifices to the Lord more that ever but better than that let us do more and more songs to the Lord and give him thanksgiving, for this will please the Lord most.
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