Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name. (Heb. 13:15 NAS)
God has made us His priests to offer unto Him spiritual sacrifices. The priests in the Old Testament offered sheep, goats and other material sacrifices. Today, we offer unto God the “real” offerings that get to His heart. One of those offerings we have in our hands, or rather in our mouths, is praise. It is a spiritual sacrifice when we lift up our hands or our voices to praise Him.
You will hardly know the depths of intimacy with God without a full understanding and engagement in praise and worship. God does not eat the flesh of sheep and goats. The burnt offerings in the old covenant were only a shadow of the spiritual sacrifices we offer today. Praise and worship reach God’s heart in a way that nothing else does. The scripture above tells us that the sacrifice of praise is the fruit of our lips, meaning our words. Whenever you are praising God, you are doing spiritually what the priests in the Old Testament were doing physically in the tabernacle. You are doing the “real thing”, true worship and praise. Learn to minister to God always. Give God the offering of a praise-full heart today.
Ponder upon the scripture above. Say it over and over again to yourself.
Ask the Lord to give you the understanding of the mysteries behind praise.
Go ahead and praise God! It is one thing to praise God for what He has done when all is rosy. It is another to praise God when things look blurry and difficult. This sort of praise, which occurs in difficult times, is precious to God. Learn to praise God today on the mountaintop and when going through a valley. Praise is talking singing and dancing about what God has done!
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