The Sacrifice of Praise: Praising God All The Time
“Through Him, let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name.”
– Hebrews 13:15
There is a distinct difference between praising God and offering the “sacrifice of praise”.
Praise comes naturally to the child of God unless there are unresolved sins in the heart. We have so much to praise God for, so that whenever we think about Him, there should be a spontaneous flow of praise from our hearts. Praise usually involves thanksgiving for all the blessings God has brought into our lives.
The “sacrifice of praise”, however, is somewhat different. It is not spontaneous and it does not flow naturally. It is not the usual praise we offer because everything is doing fine and we are happy and blessed. The “sacrifice of praise” is something we offer to God when we don’t feel like praising Him.
Everything seems going wrong. Our world is falling apart. In such trying times, we praise God not because of the distressful circumstances but despite of them. No good feeling to back up our praise. We are simply praising God by faith. We are praising Him in obedience. We are praising Him for who He is rather than on what He’s done.
The sacrifice of praise is not cheap – it’s costly. But it brings special delight to the Father because the sacrifice of praise is a pure offering from the heart.
The Characteristics of The Sacrifice of Praise
It is Continual Praise.
King David mentioned in his psalms “I will bless the Lord at all times. His praise shall continually be in my mouth” (Psalms 34:1). It is praising God in bad times or in good times. It is consistent.
It is Audible Praise.
The sacrifice of praise is expressed through words. Our words help verbalize our thoughts. The words are the fruit of our lips.
It is something we say. Satan can hear it. People can hear it. And most importantly, God hears it.
It is done through Jesus alone.
“Through Him (Jesus), let us offer the sacrifice of praise….”
Because the sacrifice of praise does not come naturally, it involves effort. Thank God we have an able helper in Christ Jesus who helps us in praising and glorifying the Father. Jesus is also glorified when we offer the sacrifice of praise.
It is the Giving of Thanks to His Name.
It is sincere thanksgiving to God for all things whether good or bad. We can do this when we really believe in the sovereignty of God that “we know that ALL things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).