Daily Devotional: Maxie Walls

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“We bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the Lord. And we offer up to Him the sacrifices of thanksgiving. And we offer up to Him the sacrifices of joy.”

These are words from a great worship song. What does the Bible say about the sacrifice of praise?

Hebrews 13:15 says, “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess His name.”

What does it mean to give a sacrifice of praise? Sacrifice and praise seem to be opposites. However, in the spiritual realm, sacrifice and praise are intertwined. When God has blessed us, helped us, and protected us, we feel generous toward Him. We can sing, worship, and talk about His goodness. That kind of praise, although worthwhile, does not cost us anything. It is not sacrifice.

There may be times when God did not come through as we expected. The medical test is positive, our relationships splinter, a child is wayward. God seems far away and it’s hard to muster praise. We find it hard to see God’s goodness, and our circumstances scream we’re forgotten.

To praise God in the above times requires personal sacrifice. It takes an act of the will to lay our all on the altar before a God we don’t understand. When we bring a “sacrifice of praise,” we choose to believe that, even though life is not going as we think it should, God is still good and can be trusted.

Our praise is to be continuous and not based on our opinion of His job performance. Real praise comes from a worshiping heart in good times and bad.

“Praise the Lord. He can work through those who praise Him. Praise the Lord. for our God inhabits praise“, great words from a solo I’ve sung through the years. Now watch those chains that seem to bind you, drop powerless behind you, when you praise the Lord.


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