Hebrews 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.
Continuously offer a sacrifice of praise by getting in the habit of praising God regardless of what is happening around you.
Paul in Hebrews 13 admonishes us to offer a sacrifice of praise unto God continually. He went beyond that to also explain how this should be done – by the fruit of our lips always giving thanks to Godn. Paul refers to this as a sacrifice of praise because the typical person can only find it within themselves to give thanks and praise when things are good, it will take a sacrifice to do the same when things are not the way you want. The real message behind what Paul was communicating was that the type of person you should be is one whose praise is not defined by your circumstances; but rather that your lips continually echo the praise of God.
If you need to find a role model for the person Paul is entreating you to be, David is such an example. The greatest test of his praise came when his own son, Absalom caused him to be chased from his throne and put him to shame by sleeping with his concubines. Nevertheless, despite the grave circumstances his praise never ceased. It is with that history in mind that he could say in Psalms 34 that His praise shall continually be in my mouth. He was determined that his circumstance would not define his praise. David is not the only example; however, Paul and Silas praised and gave thanks in their midnight hour while they were in prison only to see thereafter that God opened their prison doors. Job too exemplified this when he bowed down and worshipped God when he got the news that he lost all that he had. It is notable that one of the attributes of these great men of the Bible is that they not only praised God when things were going good, they did the same even when their circumstances were not what they wanted it to be.
Life Application: Like David that praised God 7 times a day whether things are good or bad, schedule meaningful times of praise daily that fits your lifestyle.
Prayer: Lord, I praise you in the good times and the bad. You never change, your love for me will never change. I honor you for your faithfulness. In Jesus name,amen.
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