July 6th 2018 – Proverbs 15:8-9

The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord,
    but the prayer of the upright is acceptable to him.
The way of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord,
    but he loves him who pursues righteousness.

Proverbs 15:8-9

We can bring out the meaning of these verses as follows: the theme is 'Sunday' and 'Monday' religion. In 8a and 9a we see the wicked going to Church on Sunday and to work on Monday. In both alike, he is an abomination to the Lord, because he is not right in His sight. The real and true sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, and a broken and a contrite heart; and until a man comes there, nothing he gives to God, nothing he does on Sunday or any other day of the week is acceptable to Him. This is the note we have seen so often in our studies in the Old Testament prophets: what point, indeed, in multitudes of sacrifices, if men's hearts were far away from God? In contrast to this divine disgust, however, there is the delight that He takes in the upright (8b, 9b), on Sunday and Monday alike. There are two points to be underlined here: one is the integral link between the 'Sunday' prayer and the 'Monday' walk of the true believer. When the spiritual life is right in inward relationship with God, the daily walk will always be worthy, commending itself both to Him and to men by its consistency. The other point is the happiness and delight that the worship of right people brings to the heart of God. God loves Sunday too - this is the meaning - and when the hearts of those who love Him go out in glad worship and adoration and praise, it brings an immense joy and happiness to His heart (cf Psalm 149:4). We should think of this far oftener than we do. It is true that the Sabbath was made for man, but it is still His day; and the spontaneous outpouring of worship and praise from redeemed hearts 'makes' His day for Him. Think on these things!