Interesting that during the time of this writing of this Psalm, that David was no where near an altar but yet he knew that it was acceptable before his God, the God of Abraham, of Isaac & the God of Jacob, to lift up holy hands and sing a Psalm of praise.
David understood that the letter of the law was not as necessary as the lessons of what the law taught. The time of the evening sacrifice at the Sanctuary was offered from 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. The slaughtered animal required was to be unblemished. This was a burnt-offering, accompanied with flour and salt.
The literal translation of the passage is, “Let my prayer be established for incense before thy faces; and the lifting up of my hands for the evening oblation.”
At this time, David was worshiping God according to the spirit, in place of incense, were his prayer and the lifting of his hands as the evening sacrifice; as his self dedication and gratitude in place of the evening obligation, would David have been at the physical Sanctuary.
The evening sacrifice always marked the end of separation and a new beginning. We, like David can offer our evening sacrifice as we embrace the new day by leaving each previous day behind.
So what are we to learn from David in all of this?
God teaches us that we should worship Him daily ; and that our prayers, offered through faith in the atonement of His Son, Yahushua, are fragrant and pleasing to Him, no different than the incense offered by Aaron and his sons. It is the obedience that is completely necessary in our relationship with Jesus. After all, the devotion of David’s heart and the elevation of his hands in prayer was a fragrant and well pleasing aroma to his God.
I just don’t think that God would have denied anyone’s true spiritual worship, in any place, then or now. Nor do I believe that the acceptance of prayer depended on a place if it came from the heart of the one who worshiped God. David made the request, crying out to God and asked, “Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.”
Whatever form his prayer might take, David’s one desire was that it might be accepted of God.
Thomas Adam once said, ” Prayer is knowing work, believing work, thinking work, searching work, humbling work, and nothing worth if heart and hand do not join in it.
What ever we have accomplished as our sacrifice today for our Lord and Saviour, whether it be our time, our energy, our resources or some quality time spent alone with our Father in prayer and supplication or even just being still before Him, is time well spent. ~ Eudora