2 Samuel 24:24 And the king said unto Araunah, “Nay; but I will surely buy it from thee at a price; neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the Lord my God of that which doth cost me nothing.” So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.
We live in a culture where most of us would be happy if we got everything free and that is fine. But, that should never be the attitude to your offering of worship to God. David said in 2 Samuel 24:24 that he would not offer burnt offering or sacrificial worship to God that did not cost him anything. God had told him to raise up an altar of worship at the threshing floor of Araunah and when he went to buy the area, Araunah offered him the area plus the oxen and the instruments for the burnt offering at no cost. David refused to accept his offer and instead bought the land and the oxen from him for fifty shekels of silver. For most of us, we would have been happy to take the deal that Araunah offered, but not David. He was of the belief that any worship that he offered to God should cost him something.
The price that should be paid for your worship should be whatever it takes for your worship to find favour with God; that was what David did. Accordingly, he paid 50 shekels of silver for the piece of lot. The number fifty (50) represents favor: the fiftieth year in Israel was celebrated as the year of Jubilee and in it slaves were freed and debt forgiven. To offer worship that finds favour with God, it should be offered in accordance with the word of God. It was because Abel’s offering met this condition that it found favour with God. Cain’s offertory worship was not in accordance with the word of God and so was not accepted by God.
Taking your worship to the level where you please God always requires a sacrifice. The sacrifice may be a sacrifice of time, money or doing something that you have been instructed to do. Whatever the sacrifice requires, ensure that you do what it takes for your worship to find favor with God.
Life Application: Make a fresh commitment to never again offer worship without making the requisite sacrifice. Do so by only offering spirit and truth worship.
Prayer: Lord, May my worship come from a place of sacrifice. A sacrifice that requires me choosing you over my fleshly desires and selfish tendencies. In Jesus’ name, amen.