9 I will take no bullock out of thy house, nor he goats out of thy folds.
10 For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills.
11 I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine.
-We may have moved past the Old Testament system of sacrifices and offerings, but there is a truth here that is still very relevant to us. Many try to “work” their way into Heaven and do good deeds that they hope will outweigh the bad. A fundamental problem with works-based salvation is that we are attempting to give something to the Lord when the Lord already owns everything. Just as He reminds the Hebrew here in Psalm 50, the cattle that they would sacrifice to Him already belong to Him. With us, our tithes and offerings already belong to Him. When we “do good deeds”, we use arms and legs that belong to Him. If we could find something that didn’t already belong to the Lord, we might have room to argue that we are truly giving something to Him; but as it stands we are trying to use the Lord’s possessions to pay off a sin debt owed to the Lord. Doesn’t make much sense, does it?