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The Cost of Following

In 2 Samuel 24, David sins against God by counting the army in Israel and Judah. It wasn’t just a momentary reaction in anger, it took nine months for the count to be completed.

After confessing and asking forgiveness, David is told to “Go up and build an altar for the LORD on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.”

So David obeys. Araunah wants to offer David the king whatever he desires of him; he says, My lord, the king may take whatever he wishes and offer it. Look! Here are oxen for burnt offerings and threshing sledges and harnesses for wood. I, the servant of my lord the king, give it all to the king!”

But David says, “No, I insist on buying it from you! I will not offer to the LORD my God burnt sacrifices that cost me nothing.” Then David built an altar for the LORD and offered the offerings. And the LORD accepted his prayers and offerings.

This is what is meant by the sacrifice of praise. There is a cost in serving the LORD; our praise and worship cost us something, but are we willing to pay the price?

My LORD, my King, take whatever you wish of me!

I will not offer to God that which cost me nothing!

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