The God of gods, the LORD, has spoken and summoned the earth
from the rising of the sun to its setting.a
2From Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth.b
3Our God comes and will not be silent!
Devouring fire precedes him, it rages strongly around him.c
4He calls to the heavens above and to the earth to judge his people:
5“Gather my loyal ones to me, those who made a covenant with me by sacrifice.”
7“Listen, my people, I will speak; Israel, I will testify against you; God, your God, am I.
8Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you,
your burnt offerings are always before me.
9I will not take a bullock from your house, or he-goats from your folds.e
10For every animal of the forest is mine, beasts by the thousands on my mountains. 11 I know every bird in the heights; whatever moves in the wild is mine. 12Were I hungry, I would not tell you, for mine is the world and all that fills it.f 13Do I eat the flesh of bulls or drink the blood of he-goats?
14Offer praise as your sacrifice to God;gfulfill your vows to the Most High.
15Then call on me on the day of distress;h I will rescue you, and you shall honor me.”
16But to the wicked God says:
“Why do you recite my commandments and profess my covenant with your mouth?
17You hate discipline; you cast my words behind you!
18If you see a thief, you run with him; with adulterers you throw in your lot. 19You give your mouth free rein for evil; you yoke your tongue to deceit.
20You sit and speak against your brother, slandering your mother’s son.
21When you do these things should I be silent? Do you think that I am like you?
I accuse you, I lay out the matter before your eyes.
22“Now understand this, you who forget God, lest I start ripping apart and there be no rescuer.
23Those who offer praise as a sacrifice honor me; I will let him whose way is steadfast look upon the salvation of God.”i
GOD HAS SPOKEN---ARE WE LISTENING? When you pray, are your prayers answered? God wants a Sacrifice of Praise! Thanksgiving opens the Gates of Heaven! Rejoice always He has said! To give Thanks and PRAISE in times of trouble and in the midst of fire--this is the greatest sacrifice of trust and faith we can give unto our Lord God Almighty. The Mass is a perfect Sacrifice---but daily as we live our life---God wants our sacrifice of PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING! We do not know what His Plans are, or how He is at work in our lives. His ways are not our ways, and thoughts not our thoughts. So--Trust in the Lord with all your hearts as the darkness grows darker and the days shorter.