But the king replied to Araunah, “No, I insist on paying you for it. I will not sacrifice to the LORD my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.” So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen and paid fifty shekels of silver for them. – 2 Samuel 24:24 (NIV)

David understood something that many of us don’t see today: worship costs us something. David was responding to God’s judgment by building an altar on Araunah’s land, which would later become the site of Solomon’s temple. But instead of simply taking Araunah’s offer of free land, David insisted that he pay for it. Worship that is valuable to us will cost us time, money and energy. Don’t be a consumer and thus cheapen your worship of God. His glory demands our best. What can you offer to God today?

Today’s commentary by:
Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org

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