Peter brings out one point loud and clear here: Without Jesus Christ, our spiritual sacrifices would be unacceptable. As imperfect lambs - blemished by sin, we are unacceptable to God. Yet Jesus makes us acceptable!
This is the good news that unites us all from coast to coast, hemisphere to hemisphere, continent to continent. As Isaiah foresaw, "From the ends of the earth we hear singing, 'Glory to the Righteous One.'" Isaiah 24:16
This is the source of our worship to God!
I was lost, but now am found.
God came to us and said, "I am the Lord, your God, who pulled you out of the pit. Let me wash you. I will clothe you in glory and you will be mine. I am your Father. I am your King who continually forgives your sins. Now serve and fear me. Love me with all your heart! Worship me alone!"
Gratitude responds. Humility sings. God smiles - "How sweet the sound."
Our praise to God is not heard simply because we have "a good voice" or a loud voice. And, conversely our praise to God is not rejected by God because we have "a terrible voice" or because we think we can't sing.
Our praise to God is only heard when made acceptable by Jesus Christ. It should flow from a humble broken heart - touched by mercy, softened by grace. Is that not the point of Psalm 51:15-17?
One's praise may only be a trickle coming from a weary, longing soul. But if Jesus has made it acceptable, it will resonate with God like a waterfall of worship - and rightly so. God is worthy!
The most humble expression of praise to God is the loudest praise he hears.
The most humble expression of praise to God is the sweetest sound his ears listen to.
The most humble expression of praise to God makes the Lord smile and rejoice over that soul. He stoops down, embraces that humble one, comforts them with his love and sings back with great joy. (Zephaniah 3:16-17)
The quality of your voice is the LAST thing God is concerned about.
The humble, broken heart, in which Christ lives, is the ONLY channel from which one's praise can pour forth.
As Peter said, God's church is being built into a spiritual house, in which a spiritual priesthood offers holy sacrifices, acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
Fear God. Love God. Worship God.
The only way our praise is acceptable to the holy, living God, is through Jesus Christ.
It does not matter how well you sing, pray, or thank him a thousand times with all your heart.
Of course, that is the good news made possible in the cross!
It is ALL from God.
"No one can say 'Jesus is Lord' except by the Holy Spirit." I Corinthians 12:3
"For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son...Whoever lives by the truth comes into the light,so that it may be plainly seen that what he has done, had been done through God." John 3:16, 21
The humble soul sees clearly that the cleansing it has experienced was done by the care of a loving and holy God.
In gratitude, with praise on its lips, the redeemed soul will worship from the heart seeing plainly that it can sing praise ONLY because of the grace of Jesus.
Pride sings too.
But talented singing with a great voice will be ignored by God and will even be repulsive to his ears - if Jesus is not making it acceptable to God by his grace.
Talent without humble surrender creates praise that is unacceptable to God.
"Bad singing" from "a terrible voice" is relished by God - if its source has been made acceptable by Christ in the frail, weak recesses of a humble needy soul, finding rest and refreshment at the wellspring of Jesus' grace and Holy Spirit.
The source of praise must be God's grace in Christ from the core of our hearts, through the pores our soul and through the lips God made for his glory.
"Through Jesus therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise - the fruit of lips that confess his name." Hebrews 13:15
Unworthy as the all rest,