I lift up my eyes to the hills, from where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. We say that, but how often are we looking to men and women to save us?
There is a lot of church language that we use in church and toss around. Among those words, the terminology surrounds salvation and "being saved" may be the one of the most common, but also most important. The foundation of the Christian faith is that the God of the world sent his son Jesus Christ to the earth to die and offer us this gift of salvation. When is this salvation for?
Have you ever wondered why it is that Abel's sacrifice was accepted by God, yet Cain's was not? Or why Saul was rejected by God as the king of Israel for offering the sacrifice before Samuel, yet David was not after the whole incident with Bathsheba and the issue with his son Absalom that caused a divide in the nation? I think what is going on here is less of God playing favorites, but rather something else dealing with these two men. Let me propose that the sacrifice and worship which God accepts is that which comes from a pure heart.