There is always such confusion regarding sacrifice and repentance within the body of Christ. God has never needed the stuff of sacrifice. This is not a discussion only about the days of old where people sacrificed doves, sheep, and bulls. This also is a discussion of our walks since Christ made the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf.
Sacrifices for God’s chosen people were done to provide an opportunity for men to realize their sin had a cost. Those animals were never sufficient to erase the sin in men’s lives. Christ was the only sacrifice that could ever erase the blackness Sin created. But the psalmist reminds us that God has plenty of stuff. The cattle on a thousand hills, all the birds, all the insects everything in the world is God’s.
What God always wanted and still wants today is a repentant heart. The funny thing is that even a right heart is for our benefit. When we submit to God’s leadership, He can transform us into His image and prepare us to live with Him in all eternity. Further, as we trust God, He can then intercede, prepare, and protect us from the enemy’s attacks. None of that is possible if we live a life independent of God and His leadership.
God Bless You
The Mighty One, God, the Lord,
speaks and summons the earth
from the rising of the sun to where it sets.
2 From Zion, perfect in beauty,
God shines forth.
3 Our God comes
and will not be silent;
a fire devours before him,
and around him a tempest rages.
4 He summons the heavens above,
and the earth, that he may judge his people:
5 “Gather to me this consecrated people,
who made a covenant with me by sacrifice.”
6 And the heavens proclaim his righteousness,
for he is a God of justice.[a][b]
7 “Listen, my people, and I will speak;
I will testify against you, Israel:
I am God, your God.
8 I bring no charges against you concerning your sacrifices
or concerning your burnt offerings, which are ever before me.
9 I have no need of a bull from your stall
or of goats from your pens,
10 for every animal of the forest is mine,
and the cattle on a thousand hills.
11 I know every bird in the mountains,
and the insects in the fields are mine.
12 If I were hungry I would not tell you,
for the world is mine, and all that is in it.
13 Do I eat the flesh of bulls
or drink the blood of goats?
14 “Sacrifice thank offerings to God,
fulfill your vows to the Most High,
15 and call on me in the day of trouble;
I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”