Monday, February 26, 2018
Sacrifices of Joy
UV 2907/10000 Sacrifices of Joy
And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.
Psalm 27 v 6
The Lord exalts us over our foes, opponents and enemies. He gives us victory in their presence. He causes us to rejoice even as He made Mordecai rejoice at his salvation from the evil plot of the powerful aide of the king of the realm. Once we experience such victory and salvation we should continually remember this experience of what the Lord has done in our lives and offer sacrifices of joy or praise and thanksgiving unto the Lord. David in this uni-verse makes such a commitment to continually offer such sacrifices of joy in the temple of the Lord.
Today, our bodies, minds and spirits are the tabernacle of the Lord. The doors of this tabernacle are always open. The lights on the altar of this tabernacle are always burning . The sacrifice of Jesus obviates the need for sacrifices for justification and sanctification but makes it necessary for us to offer daily sacrifices of praise, joy and thanksgiving. It will be a good exercise to recall all the experiences and happenings of our lives in which the Lord rescued us from dire consequences or situations and rejoice in His salvation.
Imagine a person who has been healed of incurable afflictions like leprosy, blindness, paralysis and so on. How great would be his or her joy! Likewise, if not physical ailments, we have been healed and delivered from spiritual leprosy, spiritual blindness and paralysis. Imagine a person surrounded by an armed garrison and the Lord delivers him as He did in the case of Elijah, the prophet. Now, we need to recall how the Lord has rescued us and lifted us up in every way and then praise and thank Him sincerely and continually with joy and gratitude overflowing from our hearts. We owe a debt of lifelong gratitude to the Lord. We thank Him and worship Him not out of a sense of weary obligation but out of joy and exuberance.
Prateep V Philip