Offer a Sacrifice of Praise

Daily God Walk for Monday, November 14, 2011

 Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise – the fruit of lips that confess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.  – Hebrews 13:15-16

 What should be the fruit of our lips? David cried out to God, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in your sight” (Psalm 51). His desire was that his words would give honor to God. That is the thought the writer of Hebrews is conveying.

We are being told to “continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise,” but the problem many of us face is that rather than getting a focus on God and his goodness we are influenced by the conditions around us and the words which come through our lips are not often enough praise to God.

I think the reason the writer calls continual praise a sacrifice of praise is because we can’t always see things to praise about. It is hard to praise God when you have a flat tire and you are already running late to an important appointment. It is even harder to praise God when one of our children is sick and we feel helpless to make them well. Then praise becomes a sacrifice.

How can we praise God in those circumstances? The answer is in this passage: Through Jesus. It is by faith that the grace of God is released to us and it is by faith we continue to live in grace. The longer we live in grace and the more mature our faith becomes the easier it is to praise God, through Jesus, in any and all circumstances.

This passage not only calls us to continually offer a sacrifice of praise, but it also calls us to make a sacrifice of service, doing good works and sharing with others. I have found that it is easier to praise God in my circumstances when I am making a sacrifice of service for the benefit of others. That is particularly true when I am serving those whose circumstances are worse than mine.

Make a sacrifice of service and it will not be such a sacrifice to praise Him. Try it I think you will like it.

 Prayer: I praise you for grace and ask for grace to serve others.

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