The Cost of Worship


I will not offer to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.  2 Samuel 24:24

King David once wanted to make a special sacrifice to the Lord.  So, he approached a man named Araunah, who was a Jebusite, in order to purchase his threshing floor so he could set up an altar there.

Araunah told the king to take the threshing floor at no cost and even offered him oxen for the burnt offering and ox yokes for the firewood.

David replied, “No, I insist on buying it from you for a price, for I will not offer to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.” (2 Samuel 24:24)

David wasn’t going to worship God half-heartedly.  Likewise, when we worship God, we should do so with our whole hearts.  This often requires us to stretch ourselves in worship, expressing ourselves in ways that may not be comfortable for us.  The quiet, reserved person may need to stretch out a hand to the Lord in worship.  The overly expressive person may need to sit still in God’s presence.

Has your personal worship become stale?  Maybe it’s time for your worship to cost you something.

Lord, help us to never offer You worship that cost us nothing.

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