“Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous, in burnt offerings offered whole; then bulls will be offered on your altar.” (Psalm 51:19 NIVUK) If you’ve been following through on this series of reflections over the past four weeks, you are possibly wondering why this verse even appears here. We dealt with “burnt offerings” and “sacrifices” days ago, making it clear that God is more interested in the heart of worshippers than anything they bring in their hands. However, one word makes this verse an apposite conclusion to this wonderful Psalm of penitence and praise – THEN! There it is, right at the start of the verse – THEN. David has learned a truth and wishes to share it with others. It is only once a person has recognised and repented of their waywardness, receiving the forgiveness of God and regeneration by the Holy Spirit, that they are THEN made ready to renew their commitment to serve the LORD. A phrase, which was commonly used in the past helps us to comprehend this – “Don’t put the cart before the horse.” Christian deeds follow Christian declarations – positive behaviour comes out of belief – faith ought always to precede works. This is the opposite to how many folk live, where they think that, by their kindness to others, they will somehow win the favour of God – NO! It’s actually the other way around; what we do for Christ daily in the building of His Kingdom arises from what he has already done for us. Our good deeds are a way of expressing our gratefulness to God for WHO He is and WHAT He has wrought in us.