A Sacrifice of Praise

A Sacrifice of Praise

“Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess His name.” (Hebrews 13:15)

I have often wondered what was so sacrificial about praise. It seems to me that it is easy to lift up our voices in praise to God during the corporate worship in our church services or to say “Praise the Lord” when we’re happy. I often burst out singing “Praise ye the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation” when I finish a nasty, dirty job—like a huge pile of dirty dishes that doesn’t seem to disappear on its own. (I haven’t tried praying that the pile of dishes would go away by itself; maybe I should, only it would probably scare me to pieces if poof! they were gone. It is necessary that I roll up my sleeves and do the work, but I praise God when it is done.) Back to the question:

Is the sacrifice in giving up complaining? Does it involve no longer wallowing in bad feelings because we have placed them in God’s hands? Does it mean forgiving someone who has wronged us? Does it mean no longer blaming others for situations in our lives? Sometimes we enjoy all the bad feelings we experience.

The praise offering in the Old Testament symbolized finding fellowship and peace with God. It involved confessing your own sins and reaching out to God for help in forgiving the sins of others. And maybe the praise offering meant reaching out to other people as well and making peace with them.

I Thessalonians 5:18 is on the wall of my living room: “In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” It is very difficult to say thank you for some situations, and I have struggled sometimes to obey God in thanking Him for bad things that happen. Thanking God for everything is not a suggestion. This is a command straight from the mouth of God.

So, as hard as it is, we say thank you. We say it repeatedly until we really mean it. We praise God, even though sometimes it is really a sacrifice. We can no longer plot to get even, we can no longer harbor vengeful thoughts.

We just praise Him.

Bettilu Davies About Bettilu Davies

Bettilu Davies is a wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She has authored six published books, first writing fiction for children and teens and recently branching into adult Christian fiction. She has taught piano since 1968 and enjoys reading, crocheting, knitting, paper art, and painting in oils, acrylics and water color.

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  1. Lovely post, Bettilu. If we are praising Him, then maybe it helps our flesh to submit to the Spirit. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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