Pentecost 24, Monday, Year C

Inspired by Psalm 50

“If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for the world and all that is in it is mine.  Do I eat the flesh of bulls, or drink the blood of goats?  Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and pay your vows to the Most High.  Call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.”  Psalm 50:12-15 (NRSV)

There is nothing we have that God needs;God is not dependent upon us for anything.  The world, the universe, and everything residing therein already belong to him.

So what does he want from us?

God wants to be our God.  God wants us to recognize him as our Creator, our Redeemer, and our Sustainer.  God does not require our sacrifices to sustain him; God desires us to call on him in our times of trouble, to worship him, and to give glory to him for all that we have.

God did not create us to fulfill some need of his.  God is so full of love that he allowed it to overflow into creation, and that is what binds the universe together.  He created us not because he needed us, but because he wanted us to be able to share in his love.

Embrace the love of God.  Recognize him as your God, and rejoice in being among his people.

Let us pray.  God of the universe, you need nothing from us but give everything to us.  Open our eyes to your glory, that we may worship and glorify you in all that we do.  Through Christ our Lord, Amen.