Sacrifices to God are useless without prayer (Ps 50:12-50:15)

“‘If I were hungry,

I would not tell you.

The world and all that is in it is mine.

Do I eat the flesh of bulls?

Do I drink the blood of goats?

Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving!’

Pay your vows to the Most High!

Call on me in the day of trouble!

I will deliver you.

You shall glorify me.”

God is not hungry. Anyway the whole world and everything in it is his. He does not eat the flesh of bulls or the blood of goats. He wanted instead a sacrifice of thanksgiving. He wanted them to pay vows to the Most High God, himself. He wanted them to call on him in their day of trouble. He wanted them to communicate with him by praying. Then he would deliver them because they had glorified him.

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David prays to Yahweh (Ps 17:1-17:2)

A Prayer of David.

Hear a just cause!

Yahweh!

Attend to my cry!

Give ear to my prayer

From lips free of deceit!

From you

Let my vindication come!

Let your eyes see the right!”

Now we have a longer Psalm 17 as a prayer of David for deliverance from personal enemies. He starts out by asking Yahweh to hear his cry about a just cause. He wanted Yahweh to listen to his prayer that was coming from lips that were not deceitful. Vindication came only from Yahweh, whose eyes would see the righteousness.