Posted: October 27, 2011
Let us continue in our study of Psalm 66 which I have entitled an invitation to come to Him. Today I turn our attention to verses 13-15 and an invitation of come ye individuals and worship Him.
There has been a time of great trouble in verses 8-12 which we saw in our last study. In our study this week we will see the Psalmist probably King Hezekiah immediately upon seeing the end of the trouble goes to the house of God for worship. Our tendency as depraved human beings once trouble is lifted is to go off to our own self interests. What a foolish gesture on our part if we expect to find help in our next time of trouble. Let us do as the Psalmist did at the first hint of the lifting of trouble he said ‘ I'll go to thy house’. What a great exercise of the conquered will of man is to set it towards the Lord's house.
Let us notice in verse 13a the path of worship sought. The text tells us the Psalmist comes with the burnt offerings. This speaks of the offering of Christ on the cross. This was the most hideous of all the offerings. There is no other way to approach the Father but by and through the Son and His blood. The song said it best when it said ‘nothing in my hands I bring, simply to the cross I cling’.
Let us also gaze for a brief time at verse 13b and the price of worship paid. The writer says I will pay Thee my vows. We as God's people should be slow in making vows but prompt in keeping them. Nowhere in the Bible does God ever demand that we make a vow. Vows will never change God's mind one way or the other. They are always offered on a volunteer basis but once offered become binding. God does not demand we make them but he does demand we keep them. Solomon said only a fool would make a vow and not keep it. I think of one of the great vows people make today and that is the wedding vows. They are made by us on a voluntary basis of till death do us part. He didn't demand we make the vow but He does demand we keep them. Solomon said it would be better not to vow than to vow and not pay. Solomon said an unpaid vow will cause God to become angry and destroy the works of your hands. It is very clear from verse 14 this vow was made in the heat of trouble and must be paid. I am sure Jonah had made God a vow in the whale for he said I must pay my vow. He may have said Lord let me out of here and I will go to Nineveh.
Let us look lastly in verse 15 and the portion of worship given. The Psalmist says he will offer the burnt offering of a ram that will ascend up as a sweet smell to the Lord. Only the priest, the Nazareth, and the wealthy would offer a ram unto the Lord. It was not the offering of common people. It would be considered the best portion given for worship. How can we do less in our worship than give Him our best? No wonder Paul said in Romans that we need to present ourselves as a living sacrifice.