S: Psalm 50:7-10 “O my people, listen as I speak.
Here are my charges against you, O Israel:
I am God, your God!
I have no complaint about your sacrifices
or the burnt offerings you constantly offer.
But I do not need the bulls from your barns
or the goats from your pens.
For all the animals of the forest are mine,
and I own the cattle on a thousand hills.
Psalm 50:16-17 But God says to the wicked:
“Why bother reciting my decrees
and pretending to obey my covenant?
For you refuse my discipline
and treat my words like trash.
Psalm 50:22-23 Repent, all of you who forget me,
or I will tear you apart,
and no one will help you.
But giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors me.
If you keep to my path,
I will reveal to you the salvation of God.”
O: There is no point being a great philantropist donating vast sums of money if you're evil. Remember the incident of the widow with 2 copper coins? (Luke 21:11-4)
A: To obey is better than sacrifice. (1 Samuel 15:22)
P: Father, when I am tempted to do wrong, remind me of this truth. In Jesus' name, amen.
Note: this is using the SOAP method. For more information, see this page (not written by me.)