“With a freewill offering I will sacrifice to you; I will give thanks to your name, O Lord, for it is good.” (Psalm 54:6)
A freewill offering is one not required by law. A freewill offering is beyond what is expected according to the rule of the day. A freewill offering is also a sacrifice else it has no real meaning. Many brag that they tithe or in some way give the required amount. Required offerings are necessary for the maintenance of the organization. The entire religious system of the Jews was maintained by the tithes and sacrifices outlined in the law.
Why would a Jew under the law or a Christian under grace want to make an extra offering that wasn’t just surplus? Remember this is a sacrifice and a freewill offering that requires no sacrifice has no real bearing on the subject. This verse is about an offering that is beyond the expected and cost the giver something; cost enough that it makes a sacrifice. The why is stated in the verse.
It’s because of the goodness of the name of God. The blessings of God most often exceed the required needs of the blessed. The blessings of God come from the goodness of God. He is good and therefore even His name is good.
Task for Today: Have you been on the receiving end of the goodness of the name of God? How will you respond? Today, think about the goodness you live in as a result of God. Even though you give to your church treasury according to the required amount why not today show your appreciation by offering something extra. God will certainly use it for good.