129. I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing (2 Samuel 24:24).
While God offers David the steps to take to remove the reproach of his actions from Israel, David brings a truly contrite heart. He knows he has chosen poorly and the people have paid a deep price. So when Araunah offers his threshing floor and whatever David needs for the sacrifice, David turns down his generosity, He insists, rather, that a true sacrifice must be a sacrifice. David won’t offer an offering that’s not from his own pocket. Here, David lays down a core principle of worship–it costs us something. Giving someone else’s property doesn’t allow my own heart to exalt God.