Gifts That Please, Gifts That Heal
“The Lord is my strength and song, and is become my salvation.” Psalm 118:14
“Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heartto the Lord…” Ephesians 5:19
From the time I was old enough to remember I can recall my parents telling me, “It is better to give than to receive.” And they were right, Jesus teaches us the same. It is better for any number of reasons. 1) Giving is rewarding in that by your gift you bring pleasure to someone else. [1 Chronicles 16: 2-6] 2) Giving is Godly in that it reflects the nature of God’s love toward us. ”God so loved…that He gave…” [John 3:16-17] 3) Giving is evidence that the giver is a caring, thoughtful, generous person. 4) Giving can rescue, it can defend , it can support and it can particpate in a miracle of provision for the soul waiting on the Lord. [2 Kings 4:1-7] 5) Giving is healthy in that it makes room for fellowship and for deeper relationships with others.
But what happens when the gift is given with strings attached or with the motive to manipulate or control? What about the gift that is intended to harm or offend…the Trojan horse, for example? More benignly, but equally conflicted is the gift that is given with no joy, no caring, no heart connection or personal interest? That gift grieves the receiver because it is an empty gesture.
When David says, “I will praise the name of God with a song, I will magnify Him with thanksgiving, This will please the Lord more than an ox or a bull with horns and hoofs,”he has come to recognize that merely fulfilling a commandment, which we ought to do, is only the act of obedience. When we have done those things we’ve fulfilled our responsibility. Now what?
Here’s what. Beyond merely doing what is required, let your heart sing to Him. Offer Him the one thing that you alone uniquely can give, your song of praise, whether in the privacy of your room or in the gathering of the congregation. Sing! More than anything else we do, God loves it when we sing to Him. Give. Yes. Give the ox and the bull with horns and hoofs. This is good in the sight of the Lord. But, then give the most precious gift that pleases our God. Let’s give Him our song.
“Father, in the name of Jesus we desire to open our mouths and sing to You with all the love that is in our hearts for You. Let our song come up to You today. Teach us a new song to sing that is just for You. Where our song has been silenced by years of fear or pride, I pray You woud release us now to raise our voices in praise of Your great name. Thank You, Lord for the gift of singing Your praises. We want to please You with all of our life, heart, soul, mind, strength and our song. In the glorious name of Jesus Christ, our Song we pray to You. Amen”