2 Samuel 24:18-25
In 2 Samuel 24:18-25 David, now king, goes to Araunah to buy his threshing floor and to offer burnt offerings to God as instructed by Gad to stop the plague on Israel. Araunah hearing of the king’s plans, offers not only the threshing floor but also his oxen for the offering and ox yokes for wood. David replies though saying, “‘No, I insist on paying you for it. I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.’“
Why must David buy the threshing floor? Why must his worship cost something? In a quick simple answer if something costs you nothing, then for you it holds no value. Imagine worship being an expensive five-course meal that you can have everyday but it costs you nothing. After awhile, without question, the once great tasting, expensive meal will be taken for granted holding no value. David sees that worship that cost nothing is not true worship.
To clarify, worship cannot be bought, but there is a sacrifice that is required in order to worship. This sacrifice is the cost, whether it is time, efforts, money, talents, or possessions. What seems to be a large cost to one may be a small cost to another, so we must personally weigh the cost and give God our personal sacrifice.
Paul states in Romans 12:1 that we present our bodies a living sacrifice, that this is our spiritual act of worship. The translator of the Message bible breaks it down further. “Take your everyday ordinary life – your sleeping, eating, going to work, and walking around life, and place it before God as an offering.”
In all we do may the Cost of our worship be the sacrifice of our will becoming obedient to God.