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Psalm 50:8

I do not rebuke you for your sacrifices
    or your burnt offerings, which are ever before me.

(NIV)


In this passage, the people that God is speaking to have been doing all the right stuff, so to speak. At least they thought they were. They are being testified against by the judge Himself, and He starts off by saying that He is not rebuking them for their sacrifices. The sacrifices that are ever before Him. So, they are doing these things that God has commanded, but they are still being testified against.

What could He say about us, if we wanted to translate this over to our situations. Maybe He would say, I don't rebuke you for your regular church attendance. Or, I don't rebuke you for tithes and offerings. Possibly he would say, I don't rebuke you because you gave up smoking and drinking.

There might be many things that could be considered sacrifices in our lives, but the Christian life doesn't meet its completion with these things. I have known many a man who thought that being a Christian meant that they were at church every time the doors were open, they paid their tithes, they were still faithful in their marriage, etc., etc. But it ended with these things. There were so many areas of their life that God wasn't allowed to step His foot into.

Is God in all areas of your life? What might you be rebuked for?

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