Words from the Heart for Thursday June 8th, 2017
I will sacrifice an offering to you just because I choose to. Lord, I will praise your name because it is good. You have saved me from all my troubles. With my own eyes I have seen you win the battle over my enemies.
Psalm 54:6-7 (NIRV)
I Will Sacrifice
We may have heard others tell their stories of great experiences with God. Hearing those stories does build our faith. Yet, there is nothing like finding out for ourselves just how powerful He is. We, too, will have our own story of His victory in our lives.
Corporal Jamie McWhirter was awarded Canada’s Sacrifice Medal in March 2016 for his advocacy work on behalf of Canadian soldiers suffering from PTSD. McWhirter served in Afghanistan. After receiving the Sacrifice Medal, he told the CBC “”The Sacrifice Medal is not a medal just given to a soldier, it’s given to a family. It’s not just me who suffered, it’s my entire family; my wife, my kids, my parents.”” Since returning from a seven-month tour of duty in Afghanistan, McWhirter has become a vocal advocate for soldiers suffering from PTSD. He started a Facebook group called PTSD Buddies to help other soldiers dealing with the illness get the help and support they need. McWhirter said, “Right now we have over 1550 members, all finding support and leaning against each other and it’s a wonderful thing to look at.”
Every gift is a sacrifice. It can be the sacrifice of finances, if the gift is purchased. It can also be the sacrifice of time and effort, whether to go to a store to buy the gift, or even better, to create something with your own hands that is particularly meaningful. We sacrifice something when we give a gift to someone else. There is no greater example of this than Jesus. He sacrificed more than we can imagine when He stepped out of the perfection and majesty of the heavenly glory to be born into a smelly and earthly manger. That must have been quite a shock. And the sacrifice reached its apex on the cross when the One who had only ever received the praise of the angels and who had only ever existed in a place where there was no pain, suffered the cruelest of all fates with agony and ignominy of the cross. There is nothing we can do earn the gift of eternal life that he has given to us. But David does express a wonderful way of saying thanks. In Psalm 54:6-7 he writes: “I will sacrifice an offering to you just because I choose to. Lord, I will praise your name because it is good. You have saved me from all my troubles. With my own eyes I have seen you win the battle over my enemies.” What sacrifice offering can you give to your Saviour, the Lord Jesus, today?
These have been words from the heart.