From today's reading: "These things you have done, and I kept still, and you thought that I am like you." . . . . "Whoever offers me the sacrifice of thanksgiving honors me; but to those who keep in my way will I show the salvation of God." Psalm 50:21, 24
I was really struck as I read this from today's Psalm. It is unusual because it is the voice of God speaking, not the psalmist. He says 'your offering is ever before me, but I don't need it' (adapted) - then it lists a number of 'sins' - things people do to one another, and because God did not respond the people thought that God approved. One of the things we do as humans is to project our own stuff onto someone else - maybe not on purpose, but we forget others are not necessarily like us; they have other world experiences and may be motivated by different things. This seems to be a cosmic projection - projecting our own stuff, our desires and prejudices onto God believing that he is like us. God is very definite that although we honor him with sacrifice and thanksgiving, it is in keeping his will, not ours projected onto him, that we will find our salvation.