How to Please God

Proverbs 15:8. “The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord: but the prayer of the upright is His delight.”

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There really isn’t much commentary necessary here.  If we regard sin in our hearts, all our sacrifices are like the stench of a dead body in God’s nostrils (that’s what the Hebrew word for abomination means).  But when we pray in humility and sincere love for God, He is delighted.

I am reminded of another passage:

Luke 18:9-14

And He spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:

10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.

11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.

12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.

13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.

14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

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