………neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the LORD my God of that which doth cost me nothing. …………
David decided to serve God at his own cost, with self denial and self-sacrifice.
The principle here is not only about the gift of money: …but of THOUGHT, EFFORT, TIME, TALENTS, RELATIONSHIPS, INFLUENCE;
…the renunciation of EASE, PLEASURE, CONVENIENCE, NAME & FAME
…the endurance of PAIN, OPPOSITION, DISHONOR, and SHAME.
Here is the highest application, “ The whole burnt offering” of a man (Heart, soul, & will) which virtually includes all other offerings. What a change it would make in my life if Iwould put this question to myself, “Shall I serve God with that which costs me nothing?”
God said…None shall appear before me empty… Every man as he is able…. It shall be perfect to be accepted….. Neither from a strangers hand
THAT WHICH COSTS NOTHING IS WORTH NOTHING!
If my prime feeling be that of self, I will go the easiest and most economical way to work and worship. I will seek the largest possible results from the least expenditure.
If my prime feeling be that of God,I will rebuke all thoughts of cheapness and facility.
If I am filled with God…
I will feel honored in honoring
I will be blessed in blessing
I will feel that nothing is good enough or great enough for HIM.
In the Bonds of Calvary,