Often, we give gifts to those we love. We may ponder and carefully plan that gift so it’s just right. Sometimes the gift is costly and requires a sacrifice of money to purchase it. Sometimes it’s complicated and requires the sacrifice of our time to find it, or build it, or put it together. We learn what our loved ones like and we are willing to offer a sacrifice of time or money to give the right gift.
But what is something we can give to God? After all, He owns everything. We’ve already mentioned the cattle on a thousand hills. He sits above the universe and He owns it all. So, what can we offer to God? David figured it out. “You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.My sacrifice, O God, isa broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise. May it please you to prosper Zion, to build up the walls of Jerusalem.Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous, in burnt offerings offered whole; then bulls will be offered on your altar.” Psalm 51:16-19
A broken and contrite heart, a heart that yearns for the Lord to take it and remake it, that is the sacrifice that we can bring to our Heavenly Father. After that, we can bring everything else, our offerings, praise, gifts, and especially ourselves.
Lord, You have offered me forgiveness and with a broken and contrite heart I come to You. Forgive my sin, wash away all my iniquity, cleanse me, and make me white as snow. Today, I also offer You my praise for all You have done.