Sacrifice of Praise

WE AT DBM ARE SO THANKFUL FOR YOU!

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Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise
–the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.

One of my favorite songs as a teenager was a piece which used instruments to show praise in progress. As one would listen one heard the narrator tell the story of a believer in Jesus Christ who was so downright depressed, he could not utter one word of praise. He was so low in spirit that nothing could be said or done to coax him to sing a note of praise from his lips. But with a bit of persuasion and, still showing no interest or feeling, he made an attempt to worship. The narrator used instruments to describe his journey from depression to praise.

SO DEPRESSED HE COULD NOT PRAISE

SO DEPRESSED HE COULD NOT PRAISE

When the narration begun one heard the omp, omp, omp, omp of a Tuba which signified the depressed man’s beginning attempt at praise. With this start he began to focus on the omp, omp, omp, omp of the Tuba and, not upon the problem of his depression. When his focused changed, suddenly a flute joined in with a too too, too, too, too, too. With the two instruments going, one could feel that his worship was going deeper and higher; his despair was lightening. Next came tee, tee, tee, tee, tee of a piccolo. Within a few minutes, the French Horn joined in with a bah, bah, bah, bah before you know it, a full symphony of instruments was all celebrating together to show that he was in full praise. Depression had departed and praise had come. He started with the lone omp omp omp of the Tuba. When the air cleared, there was “Symphony of Praise” taking place.

Too often, we as believers tend to think that if we are not “feeling it” then worship cannot or could not take place. The narrator of the story explained that the man, out of his will, chose to praise and, out of the will came the sounds of the tuba. While the will praised, emotions stood outside the door refusing to come into the room. Although emotions refused to come in, the depressed man willed himself to sing praise unto the Lord. As he persisted, emotions became engaged and the later came into the room. Saints of God, you do not have to “feel it” to get into an attitude of praise, you just have to decide to do worship. Sooner or later emotions will kick in, and you will begin to “feel it.”

HE WILLED HIMSELF TO PRAISE SYMBOLIZED BY SOUNDS OF THE TUBA

HE WILLED HIMSELF TO PRAISE SYMBOLIZED BY SOUNDS OF THE TUBA

David praised God while his enemies were pursuing him. Psalm 7 begins with his complaint to God about his pursuers. Psalm 7: “Lord my God, I take refuge in you; save and deliver me from all who pursue me”. Then the Psalm ends with words of praise, although his circumstances had not changed. Psalm 7: 17,” I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness; I will sing the praises of the name of the Lord Most High”. Look at Paul and Silas of Acts 16. Although they were in prison they chose to lift their voices in praise to God. Acts16:24,25 says “On receiving this order, he placed them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks. About midnight, Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them”. In both cases, we can safely say, due to the gravity of their situation, neither David or Paul were “feeling it” enough to praise. Guess what? Even so, they lifted up a sacrifice of praise. This attitude is very much in keeping with the depressed man of our story. As will and emotion joined, praise took over and, depression disappeared; then joy filled him to overflowing.

HIS EMOTION JOINED HIS WILL THEN THE JOY OF THE LORD TOOK OVER

HIS EMOTION JOINED HIS WILL THEN THE JOY OF THE LORD TOOK OVER

Thanksgiving, Christmas and other holidays of the season can be a stressful time for some. Warm fellowship with family and friends which surround these holidays is the highlight of the year for many. For others, as the day approaches, they may feel an increasing sense of dread. How can one celebrate or get into the spirit of the day, when one’s heart is heavy, disappointed, in despair or frustrated; when one feels broken, belittled and poor. As is often heard, a person may say I am not just “feeling it” this year. Some may even say “how can I be thankful at such a time as this?” During those kinds of situations, in the natural, it is impossible for any sane person to have and attitude of gratitude.

A SACRIFICE OF PRAISE IS A CHOICE OF THE WILL (photo by JEG&Elizabeth George)

A SACRIFICE OF PRAISE IS A CHOICE OF THE WILL (photo by JEG&Elizabeth George)

The sweetest aroma of praise are the ones that rise up to our Lord out of pain, brokenness, difficulty and emotional bankruptcy. Moments like these are truly what our key bible verse alludes to Hebrews 13:15 where it says “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise–the fruit of lips that openly profess his name”. Eyebrow Burner, it is our hope in our Lord that enables us to even consider the possibility of praise. When we think of all that he has done, all he has suffered for us, the pain he bore on our behalf; we can begin there as we praise, and as we offer words of gratitude on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

Would you allow me to challenge you? On Thanksgiving Day even if you are not “feeling it” would you chose to praise.

  1. Just open your mouth and begin to thank God for some blessing in your life
  2. Find you favorite praise songs and play them out loud
  3. Look up Scripture verses which you can read out loud in praise to the Lord

Regardless of what you are presently facing you can offer a sacrifice of Praise unto your Lord! Just remember, it is our Lord who will fight for you, who will comfort you, who will give you strength and who will rejoice with you. Lift up your voice to say a heartfelt thank you to Him for your blessings or at least for His sustaining power during times of trouble.

Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving my brother and Sister in Christ

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Verses of Thanks to Our God

Ephesians 1:16 ESV
I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers,

Psalm 136:1 ESV
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.

Psalm 118:24 ESV
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 ESV
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Colossians 3:17 ESV
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

James 1:17 ESV
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

Hebrews 12:28 ESV
Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe

Colossians 3:15 ESV
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.

Colossians 3:15 ESV
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.

Romans 8:28 ESV
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Psalm 107:1 ESV
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!

Psalm 50:23 ESV
The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me; to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God!”

Psalm 100:1-5 ESV
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! . . . Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever

Acts 24:3 ESV
In every way and everywhere we accept this with all gratitude

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