This Psalm is about the false sacrifices made to God by the people He is in covenant with. It starts off with proclamations of how great, powerful and majestic God truly is and then talks about his judgment of people, especially those who make sacrifices to God out of bribery instead of worship from the heart. This can be found true with the people God is in covenant with today as well. Of course, we don’t make the blood and ceremonial sacrifices like they did in the Old Testament because of Jesus, but we still take advantage of Jesus’ sacrifice for us and make sacrifices for God with wrong motives. This is why Jesus quoted Hosea 6:6 to the Pharisees when talking about their sacrifices meaning nothing to God when their lives don’t match up in worship and reaching out to sinners who need salvation.
Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” Matthew 9:13
This is why so many of us get caught up in our service to the church or maybe a Godly sacrifice for our family and friends but with a seeping motive to atone for things we do when no one else is looking or to try to make up for our lack of effort in the great commission. This is all summed up in the last verse from this Psalm.
The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me; to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God!” Psalms 50:23
How do you sacrifice or serve God with false motives? Comment below!
By: Erik Koliser — West Campus Pastor