When Praise Is a Sacrifice
"Therefore, through him let us continually offer up to God a sacrifice of praise, that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name." Hebrews 13:15
Have you ever thought about what it means to give a sacrifice of praise? If we truly think about it, a praise shouldn’t be what you would call a sacrifice. A praise usually comes natural, such as when a child takes their first steps or your favorite team scores the winning goal. A sacrifice comes with a cost, so they seem like they would be on opposite ends of the spectrum.
A sacrifice of praise comes when things don’t go the way we want them to. There are times when our prayers aren’t answered the way we were hoping for. We may be facing a financial difficulty, a health diagnosis we thought only happened to other people, or a multitude of other problems that seemed to shadow our ideal world. When these things happen, this is when praise costs us something. We find that when there is cost, we must sacrifice.
We must sacrifice our feelings to continually praise God, no matter the circumstances.
God’s goodness knows no bounds. His goodness is beyond what we can see, know, or imagine, so in our temporary stay in this sinful world, it is imperative that we remember His goodness at all times. Furthermore, we remember the sacrifice Jesus made so that we may spend eternity basking in the glory of God.
A sacrifice of praise is when we choose to humbly honor God. As the psalmist tells us, “You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise" (Psalm 61:16-17).
What do you choose to do in difficult circumstances? Make the choice to continually praise God. He is good all the time.
Father, I’ll admit that sometimes to praise you isn’t easy. When my circumstance around me looks bleak, I tend to look inside myself instead of look to you. Forgive me when I fail you and help me to continue to remember Your goodness despite my circumstances. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
What does sacrifice mean to you? Spend time memorizing Psalm 61 this week, meditate on what it means to praise with a broken and contrite heart.
Chelsi Woods is the coffee-loving Content Manager for Whole Magazine and a writer for the Reformed Outlook. She is a Jesus-loving, tattooed soccer mom to a beautiful, blue-eyed 12-year-old girl and “Choo-Choo” to a 9-year-old nephew and 4-year-old niece. Her hobbies include communicating in gifs, playing guitar, and bad dad jokes. Chelsi’s passionate pursuit is to teach women solid, Biblical truths focused on spiritual growth, loving God with our minds, all while glorifying God and enjoying Him forever.