A Word from the Word
Thank Offerings to God
Sacrifice thank offerings to God, fulfill your vows to the Most High, and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me. NIV
At some time or other in our lives, we all face trouble. The psalmist speaks about the day of trouble. There is not one of us that does not, at sometime or other, pass through a day of trouble. But here the psalmist tells us the way out of trouble, the way of deliverance. And let me tell you, I’ve had to prove this many times in my own experience.
What is the way out of trouble? “Sacrifice thank offerings to God.” In the very midst of your trouble, exercise your faith and begin to thank God. Offer Him that sacrifice of thanking Him and praising Him. Then call upon Him in the day of trouble and His promise is, “I will deliver you,” and not merely that, “You will honor Me.” God’s deliverance will work out to His glory; it will become a testimony in our lives of how God has delivered us in the day of trouble.
And then, further on in that psalm, the psalmist says, “He who sacrifices thank offerings honors me, and he prepares the way so that I may show him the salvation of God” (v. 23). So, when we’re in trouble and we make that sacrifice of beginning to thank God although we may see no way out, we prepare a way that God shows us His salvation. God opens the way for those who offer Him the sacrifice of thank offerings.
So when you’re in the midst of trouble, remember, that’s the way out!