The Acceptable Sacrifice
A Psalm of Asaph.
1The mighty one, God the Lord,
speaks and summons the earth
from the rising of the sun to its setting.2Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty,
God shines forth.
3Our God comes and does not keep silence,
before him is a devouring fire,
and a mighty tempest all around him.4He calls to the heavens above
and to the earth, that he may judge his people:5“Gather to me my faithful ones,
who made a covenant with me by sacrifice!”6The heavens declare his righteousness,
for God himself is judge. Selah
7“Hear, O my people, and I will speak,
O Israel, I will testify against you.
I am God, your God.8Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you;
your burnt offerings are continually before me.9I will not accept a bull from your house,
or goats from your folds.10For every wild animal of the forest is mine,
the cattle on a thousand hills.11I know all the birds of the air,
and all that moves in the field is mine.
12“If I were hungry, I would not tell you,
for the world and all that is in it is mine.13Do I eat the flesh of bulls,
or drink the blood of goats?14Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving,
and pay your vows to the Most High.15Call on me in the day of trouble;
I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.”
16But to the wicked God says:
“What right have you to recite my statutes,
or take my covenant on your lips?17For you hate discipline,
and you cast my words behind you.18You make friends with a thief when you see one,
and you keep company with adulterers.
19“You give your mouth free rein for evil,
and your tongue frames deceit.20You sit and speak against your kin;
you slander your own mother's child.21These things you have done and I have been silent;
you thought that I was one just like yourself.
But now I rebuke you, and lay the charge before you.
22“Mark this, then, you who forget God,
or I will tear you apart, and there will be no one to deliver.23Those who bring thanksgiving as their sacrifice honor me;
to those who go the right way
I will show the salvation of God.”