1. A Song of Salvation
a) God loves to use your story to encourage other people!
b) Let the passion of our praise reflect the depth of His mercy.
2. A Right Sacrifice.
a) Sacrifices alone are not pleasing to God.
b) God delights when action proceeds from love not obligation.
Questions for further thought or discussion:
- Do you believe God can actually use the sinful parts of your story to encourage others? How?
- To what degree is there a connection between our understanding of God’s mercy and our acts of worship?
- Do you have any examples of when words were not enough to express your love for someone? What did you do?
- If someone has truly experienced the joy of salvation, what are ways they can express their love and gratitude?
Lord, thank you for the joy of salvation! Help us find meaningful ways to declare the wonder of your love to the world around us.
Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
and sinners will return to you.
14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God,
O God of my salvation,
and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness.
15 O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth will declare your praise.
16 For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it;
you will not be pleased with a burnt offering.
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
18 Do good to Zion in your good pleasure;
build up the walls of Jerusalem;
19 then will you delight in right sacrifices,
in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings;
then bulls will be offered on your altar.