Psalm 50:10-21 (NRSV)-
10 For every wild animal of the forest is mine, the cattle on a thousand hills. 11 I know all the birds of the air, and all that moves in the field is mine.
12 “If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for the world and all that is in it is mine. 13 Do I eat the flesh of bulls, or drink the blood of goats? 14 Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and pay your vows to the Most High. 15 Call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.”
16 But to the wicked God says: “What right have you to recite my statutes, or take my covenant on your lips? 17 For you hate discipline, and you cast my words behind you. 18 You make friends with a thief when you see one, and you keep company with adulterers.
19 “You give your mouth free rein for evil, and your tongue frames deceit. 20 You sit and speak against your kin; you slander your own mother’s child. 21 These things you have done and I have been silent; you thought that I was one just like yourself. But now I rebuke you, and lay the charge before you.
Do you ever hear people talking about what they are “doing for God?” It is an odd phrase when you stop to think about it.
Everything in the world belongs to God (Psalm 50:10-12). God does not need anything from us. Rather, he is the one who provides for us, not the other way around (Psalm 50:13-15).
All the spiritual activity in the world means nothing if we are simply doing what we think we should. As such, God cares more about the state of our hearts than the performance we put on for others (Psalm 50:16).
Since God cares more about our hearts than our actions, when we see God as the Mighty One, we bend to his will instead of asking him to bend to ours (Psalm 50:17-21). And, as we bend our will, we demonstrate that we trust that he knows best, knowing that his ways are greater than our own. So, when we see God for who he really is, we want to hear what he thinks and put his words into practice.
Today, let’s put God’s words into practice knowing that God needs nothing from us and wants us to know him more.
Father God, we know that you are the Mighty One and the Creator of the Universe. As such, despite our actions to the contrary, we know that you do not need anything from us. And, we know that we need you for everything. So, please help us to bend to your will. In doing so, please teach us to get to know you more by putting your word into practice. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen!