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Hebrews 13:15 Sacrifice of Praise

on August 15, 2013

Through Him let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.

“Through him.”  Directly following the verses on suffering and reproach, we are called to praise.  This is possible because of Jesus’ example.  Remember Hebrews 12:2 says of Him, “Who for joy set before Him endured the cross despising the shame.”  Jesus’ example is that He suffered for the sake of others with joy.  His disciples didn’t always understand Him–they betrayed, denied, and abandoned Him, yet He suffered for them.  Through Jesus we can praise in the midst of any circumstance.

“Let us continually offer up a sacrifice (offering) of praise to God.”  Continually means constantly, ceaselessly, endlessly, eternally, around the clock, day and night.  The opposite would be occasionally, sporadically.  Which adverbs best describe my praise to God?  Ouch!

“That is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge His name.”  Acknowledging Jesus with my words–giving Him credit and glory.  Lips that speak the praise of Jesus flow from a heart that is set on glorifying Him in everything!

What gets in MY way when it comes to continually offering up praise to God?  pride, selfish ambition, people-pleasing, living in my own strength, fear, pity-party, discontentment, busyness, greed, exhaustion, temporal vision/perspective, impatience, compromise and other sins….

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