There are many gifts given that are given in sacrifice. Some even given so hopefully to appease a wrathful god who holds a scale in his hands weighing our good and our evil deeds. No one can judge another heart in the matter. But the Almighty God knows.
In a couple of verses we look at today we see what God thinks of sacrifices given by the “Wicked”; and the prayers of the “Upright” or the “Righteous”.
“The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is His delight.” Proverbs 15:8
“The LORD is far from the wicked: but He heareth the prayer of the righteous.” Proverbs 15:29 (KJV)
It is good to be reminded of king Saul’s sacrifice (1 Samuel 15), and Samuel’s words to Saul concerning sacrifice,
“And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, He hath also rejected thee from being king.” 1 Samuel 15:22-23
Wickedness is the act of hostility toward God, His Word, His messengers, and His works. Who are the wicked? Those who practice such things. For those who are the wicked; God does not honor, remember or bless your “sacrifice”. It is an abomination to Him; and will be counted against you unless you believe Him.
Proverbs 15:29 tells us that “The LORD is far from the wicked”. He is far from them as far as their wickedness is concerned. The place where they lie at night He is there; but they are far from Him.
In both of the verses of Proverbs is mentioned “Prayer”. The prayer of the upright; and the prayer of the righteous. The righteous are those who have heard the Word of God, believed it, received it, and are born into the kingdom of heaven because of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
“The prayer of the upright is His delight”. The “Upright” are the righteous, and God is delighted– favors, finds pleasure, good will, and acceptance in their prayers. For those who are born again in Christ Jesus it is wonderful to know that He hears our prayers…
“And whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in My name, I will do it.” John 14:13-14
O turn away from your wicked hostility toward God, His Word, His people, His messengers, and His works. Call on the name of the Lord.