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.