- Psalm 60
- 1 Chronicles 18:14-20:8
- 2 Samuel 24:1-25
“…I will surely buy it from you for a price; nor will I offer burnt offerings to the Lord my God with that which costs me nothing.” –2 Samuel 24:24, NKJV
We know that the Lord desires a contrite heart more than a sacrifice. So why would David refuse to accept as a gift the place where he would build an altar? David states in the verse above that he will not offer offerings with something that has cost him nothing. Does God count the value of the offering? Would He care?
Yes, but not in the way you think. The New Testament story of the widow who gave two pennies being a greater sacrifice shows God’s contextual valuing of a sacrifice. So is it about percentages? No, not exactly.
Turning to Matthew, we learn that what we treasure is where our heart will be. The contrite heart God longs to receive from us values different things. It matters not the actual monetary value. It does, however, matter the weight we give the thing in our very core.
A contrite heart recognizes that only God should overshadow everything else in our lives. Our sacrifice is to give Him that which we value more than Him. A repentant heart sees the danger of those things that can take precedence before God and instead offers them to Him. The sacrifice seems great, and God honors that sacrifice. He knows it is hard to give up those things on which we rely. And He appreciates the gift. Not because He is greedy for Himself, but because He is greedy for you to live the absolute best life you can. And He knows that can never happen when other things are first.