Daily Devotional

Bring Something of Value to God

by Simon Whitton

You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

Psalm 51:16-17 (NIV)

I sat in a business meeting once, where a sales rep explained that it was important to him that he not just visit his customers and form a relationship with them, but he also wanted to bring value to his appointments.  The customer would not just get a bright smile, a handshake and the privilege of his presence.

This got me thinking: What can I bring of value to my meetings with God?  What brings God pleasure?  What does God consider of great worth?

It's not like God really needs anything.  He would be difficult to buy for at Christmas.  Though gold, frankincense and myrrh might be a good start.  God doesn't need our money or our praise, He isn't dependent on us, He doesn't even need our help or our good works.

What does God value, what does He delight in?  God delights in His people, we are 'His portion' and 'the apple of His eye'; but more specifically He values the humble hearts of His people.  That is what we can bring to God of great value, a humble heart.

For the LORD takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with salvation.
Psalm 149:4 (NIV)

Humility is seeing others as more important than yourself.  We should come to meet with God as the least in His kingdom.  Like the tax collector in the gospel of Luke (18:10-14) we should humble ourselves 'beat our breast' and say "God, have mercy on me, a sinner."

Bring your heart before God right now, whatever its condition, and offer it up to Him.  Pray that you would see other people as more important than yourself.

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