8- “The lord detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but the prayer of the upright pleases him.”
Sometimes even the wicked makes sacrifices. When i first read this scripture i was caught a little off guard. Why are the wicked making sacrifices to God? Simple question right? After thinking about it, Matthew 15: 8, “These people honor me with their lips but their hearts are far from me.” started setting off alarms in my head. God is not looking for Christians who will throw off a loose lipped sacrifice while keeping their hearts hardened and hidden away. In the great US of A we are quick to give God the “glory.” We see it printed on our money and most champion athletes utter the words, “First I have to Give thanks to God.” However so many times that is where our sacrifices end.
Loose lipped sacrifices are a dime a dozen and God detests them. God is calling us to do more than “utter” sacrifices filled with temporal words that are forgotten as soon as they are spoken.
“The prayer of the upright pleases him.”
I love how this verse ends. You read the words Prayer and Pleases. I love it because of the things it doesn’t say! It doesn’t say a specific prayer pleases. It doesn’t say a scholarly prayer pleases. It doesn’t say the “Lord’s Prayer” pleases. It says prayer pleases. When we are giving God a continual prayer he is pleased. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says, “Pray without ceasing.” We please God when we give him a life of prayer. God being the God that he is doesn’t just stop with being pleased. When we make this continual sacrifice of prayer he will mold our lives from “wicked” to “upright.”