Going Through the Motions?
Psalm 50 is quite a contrast to Psalm 49. Psalm 50 speaks to the righteousness of God and His desire to receive true worship. It also speaks to the judgment of God against the wicked. I’m sure that most of you are aware of the Old Testament sacrificial system, where people would bring bulls, goats, lambs, etc… to the temple to offer for their sins. That system was intended to show to the people the price that needed to be paid for sin, a price that would ultimately be paid by Jesus on the cross as the “Lamb of God”. But the effectiveness of the sacrificial system was always dependent on the attitude or the “faith” of the one bringing the sacrifice. Simply going through the motions didn’t mean anything. God makes this very clear in psalm 50. I think the application for us today is to ask ourselves the question, “Am I going through the motions with God”? Do I have my “duties” that I perform as religious “sacrifice” to God…church attendance, giving, reading…that I have begun to perform without full engagement of my mind and heart? God desires that the mind and heart be engaged in faith in worship to Him. This is so very important. When we are engaged with God in meaningful and genuine worship, God is pleased and we greatly benefit as well. There is nothing wrong with the “motions” unless they are empty actions. If you are just “going through the motions” ask yourself “why?” and if I can help, please let me know.