WHY DID GOD, AFTER COMMANDING THOSE OLD TESTAMENT SACRIFICES, TELL THE PSALMIST HE DIDNT DELIGHT IN ANY OF THEM?
I should first of all establish the premise made in the title of this teaching. Many Christians aren't quite sure what to do with the references in the Old Testament revealing God's lack of pleasure in the old covenant sacrificial system. These references cover a variety of circumstances, from prophetic messianic passages looking forward to the coming of our Lord, to references to God's beloved King David repenting after his sin with Bathsheba (Psalm 40:6-7; Psalm 51:16).
There are many other such passages but I've chosen these two with specific purpose. The first passage deals with those mysterious prophetic words of the Messiah. And they make a sweeping statement - "In sacrifice and offering you have not delighted..." Notice, "...have not delighted"(40:6). When was Father God not delighted? And these words of God the Son reveal the Father was never delighted in old covenant sacrifices and offerings - not ever. There are no time limitations on those strong Messianic words - "In sacrifice and offering you have not delighted..."
The second reference is equally decisive on the issue because it deals with the prayer of repentance of the "man after God's own heart," King David. I point this out because we all know there are piles of references where the prophets chide Israel for thinking she could just blandly throw around sacrifices while cherishing and persisting in sin. The prophet Isaiah is relentless in his rebuke regarding this.