Sacrifice of Praise

Today I breakdown Hebrews 13:15. This verse encourages us to praise God continually. Through scripture especially the Psalms we see verses that calls for us to praise the Lord through all circumstances.

Psalm 113:3 “From the rising of the sun to its setting. The name of the Lord is to be praised.”

Psalm 34:1 “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.”

Psalm 146:2 “I will praise the Lord while I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.”

As I read Heb 13:15, I wanted to delve into why praise and sacrifice are intertwined here.

Praise for the Lord springs forth from us in response to His blessings, provision, protection, and His love.

Sacrifice is something that costs us, whereas praise usually comes from a joyful and thankful heart. When we must sacrifice something, praise is not the automatic first response over it.

But what happens when things do not pan out the way we expect, when things are tough and there does not seem to be a tangible way out from the trial. At those times, praise can be hard to spring forth from our hearts.

So what does a sacrifice of praise mean?

To praise God at those times calls for a sacrifice of our own understanding, of the fear that comes from not knowing how and when God will make a way. We sacrifice those inclinations, those tendencies to lean on our own strength and wisdom and trust in His ways, His faithfulness, and His goodness.

Praise is a gift we can give to God. It’s a sacrifice of our heart – giving him our best, even when we don’t feel up to it. 

Prayer: Lord, there are many a times we scramble in our own strength, trying to control things. Forgive us Lord. Help us to do better, to surrender to your wisdom, timing, and your path. May we always turn to you and give you praise not just because you have provided in some way but because you are worthy of all our praise. Help us to feel your presence in good times and amidst our trials. May your praises never be lacking on our lips, making known to others the name above all names.

Amen

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  1. This is such wisdom, Manu!
    There is a prayer I pray daily, “Lord, I thank You for _____ as an act of my faith. You know I don’t like it, I don’t understand it, but I trust You, and I know there’s a reason for this. And it will be part of ____’s testimony someday. So, thank You.” I say it out loud, and hearing myself makes it a little easier to live with.

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  2. This is such a needed reminder. Too often we allow our circumstances to define our mood. But no matter what we are facing, God is always good. And we can trust Him. I have found that when I praise the Lord, even in the midst of difficulties, it restores my heart and makes me feel better. But I don’t always remember to praise Him like I should. So I appreciate the reminder. I love the verses you shared. And I really love how you broke down the Hebrews verse. Which is still something I need to get better at. So thank you for that reminder as well. I pray that praising God will become so natural to us that we automatically praise Him, no matter what we are going through. Blessings, my friend! 🤗♥️

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    1. Thank you Bridget. I agree that we often let our lord define our praise or at least how much we praise. May we grow to praise Him continually.
      Blessings my friend 🤗💙

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  3. When we are confused, hurting, and afraid, praise helps us focus, to realize Who is in charge. As in Psalm 146:2, I find comfort and peace singing praises to my God. May praise for the Lord become a constant in my life. Manu, thanks for the timely reminder! 💖✨💐🌺

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  4. I love a good prayer model. I’m often at a loss of words before God, so thank you for yours, Manu. In it, I see praise and gratitude and requests for forgiveness and help. It’s a simple formula in theory. Maybe it just takes continued practice.

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  5. Manu, thank you for sharing how you break down a verse getting deeper into the core truth. I shared your last example with a small group of ladies that meets for a weekly Bible study. We were just finishing the book of James and tried that method during our final week. Everyone expressed that it caused them to slow down and look deeper rather than gloss over the surface.

    Your example has helped others to unearth greater wisdom from the Word. Blessings.

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    1. Your words warmed my heart. Thank you so much, I am very encouraged by them. Praise God for enabling me to do so and for you to share it with others.
      Blessings to you 🤗

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  6. You have left out the word THEREFORE…. Therefore there could mean, Because we have an assurance that through Jesus we can offer praise in all circumstances, let us(be intentional) continually offer praises to Jesus no matter our situation. Otherwise, I am seriously loving your new scriptural breakdown expertise 😘

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