And on that day they offered great sacrifices, rejoicing because God had given them great joy. The women and children also rejoiced. The sound of rejoicing in Jerusalem could be heard far away. Neh 12:43
They were rejoicing because they had come home. They were back in Jerusalem and the people had God back with them. The priesthood had been reestablished and the people could offer sacrifice and honor God once more.
I wonder, is my approach to worship the same as theirs was then? Do I find myself in a state of joy as I offer my life in His service? It seems to me when the word sacrifice is used, there tends to be a bit of a groan that goes along with it. However, is the word sacrifice all that bad?
I think of athletes; do they not sacrifice their time and energy to get better at what they do. I know working out hurts, but unless you sacrifice short term pain, the long term goals can never be reached and so people are willing and even joyful to give up their bodies in search of greater gain.
What about our children, wouldn’t we gladly sacrifice something in order to ensure their success in life. Do we not sacrifice our time, our energy and sometimes even our own dreams to see theirs come true? Yet there is no groaning in this, but a willingness.
It is the same with my worship. When I offer up my sacrifice for God it is not with groaning or reluctance, not it should be with joyful zeal and a sense of honor. For my God has given so much for me, it is nothing that I should want to give back all that I have. So when I sacrifice I honor my God with a joyful heart and glad offering as my worship to Him.
God be Praised,