That Cost Me Nothing…

II Sam. 24:24-25 And the king said unto Araunah, Nay; but I will surely buy it of thee at a price: neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the LORD my God of that which doth cost me nothing. So David bought the threshingfloor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver. And David built there an altar unto the LORD, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. So the LORD was intreated for the land, and the plague was stayed from Israel.
Probably the greatest king of Israel, David, understood his relationship with God and he paid Araunah for land and oxen he could have had for free.  David expressed the great value he had in his heart for his God.  He would not give God something that had cost him nothing. The shekels of silver, David paid for the land and oxen was of little value to him. His wealth as king was immense.  I believe David also new that the purchase price was as nothing in the eyes of God.  It was not the silver, it was the principle.
What a contrast to the world in which we live. We feel entitled to the many blessings we receive. We offer little thanks to God for the many blessings we have received. Instead we credit the wealth and the recognition that we get to the work of our own hands. But it is not what we do, but the blessings of our God of Gods and King of Kings that makes provision for us! May we realize the value of the relationship we have with God, just as David did. Let us give proper thanksgiving unto God for his mercy and blessings. He paid such a great price for our Salvation, how can we offer him something that cost us nothing?
 
Keep Looking Up!
Dan
 

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