Gifts Will Be Brought to the Lord Almighty
At that time gifts will be brought to the Lord Almighty … the gifts will be brought to Mount Zion, the place of the Name of the Lord Almighty (Isaiah 18:7 NIV).
Is God in need of gifts from men? Certainly not. For God says, “The world is mine and all that is in it” (Psalm 50:12b). But then this prophetic passage talks about a particular time and a particular people that they will bring gifts to the Lord Almighty. It will happen when God will do a mighty work against those who oppress His people.
Let that be so. But then, have you brought gifts to God? If not, what are you waiting for? See, gifts to God are an expression of thankfulness. Has God done some mighty thing on your behalf? If He has done so, how have you expressed your gratitude? The praise from lips is fitting. But a gift of thanks to the Lord Almighty is also proper.
Again, gifts are a part of worship. Remember you are worshiping a great king (Malachi 3:14). In olden days when people visited a king they presented to him costly gifts. If earthly kings were thus honored, how much more should your Heavenly King be honored with gifts? The Magi (Wise Men) who came from the east to see Jesus honored Him with gifts of gold, incense and myrrh. They worshiped Jesus the King. You too can do so today. Acknowledge His kingship in all areas of your life and bring Him gifts.
Finally, know that God values the least of your gifts (See Mark 12:43, 44). He values the gift from the attitude of your heart. Your gift need not be big to be accepted. But it should be given with a cheerful heart for God loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7). Therefore give gifts to God. It will bring the joy of the Lord to you!
The prophecy talks about gifts being brought to Mount Zion, the place of the Name of the Lord Almighty. Let that so happen. But to whom do you give gifts today? Give your gifts to the least privileged in society for Jesus the King said: “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40).