Sacrifice of Praise

Whether I'm whistling around the house or shouting at the top of my lungs in the car, a happy day will always bring a song to my lips.

Hebrews 13:15-25

Reference:  v.15 Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. (TNIV Bible)

Explore:  While I have never been pitch-perfect I do actually enjoy having music in my life.  Particularly if I'm in a good mood it is difficult to keep me quiet.  Whether I'm whistling around the house or shouting at the top of my lungs in the car, a happy day will always bring a song to my lips.  I remember a significant day last year when Spring had finally pushed through the wintery coldness.  The sky was blue, the sun was shining and I was driving into the city listening to my favourite song.  I put the song on repeat and with the window down I sung my happy song until I reached my destination.  I knew that people could see me popping along but the mood was contagious and I could tell their spirits had been lifted by the good weather too (either that or the sight of me singing like a crazy woman in my car was enough to make them laugh!)

Application:  It's easy to be glad when everything seems right in the world.  But what about those days when it seems like everything that could go wrong does go wrong?  It's those days when I become quite sullen and defensive and if anyone is singing along to a song I just roll my eyes because they don't understand the pressure I feel.  It's natural to sing when the sky is blue, but what about when the stormy clouds roll in.  When it comes to praising God the writer talks about offering Him a 'sacrifice of praise'.  This means that we are to give praise to our glorious God when it's easy as well as when it's challenging.  If it was always easy then it wouldn't be called a sacrifice!  But we are called to give a sacrifice of praise, so that no matter what mood we are in, no matter what has happened in our lives, we can praise God.  It's not always easy and it may mean we need to give up our selfish attitude; but to be a faithful follower our praise needs to come at all times.

Prayer:  Lord, we often get into the habit of only praising you when we feel like it.  If we've had a hard week or time is tight, we often put off our praise to You until the next week… or the week after that.  Forgive us Lord.  For You are worthy of our praise at ALL times.  Amen.

When was the last time you truly praised God?

This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.