A Sacrifice of Praise ~ Reece’s Pieces 8-7-2020

When it comes to the praise and worship of Jesus, one of the key verses in the Bible is Hebrews 13:15, “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise – the fruit of lips that confess his name.”  The word “sacrifice” is worthy of our attention.  If you read through the Old Testament books of Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers, you’ll notice there are entire chapters of the Bible explaining how and when to offer sacrifices to God.  These sacrifices were in place until Jesus came and sacrificed himself.  Jesus gave himself as the ultimate sacrifice for the sin of all mankind on the cross.   The blood of Jesus paid and satisfied the debt we owe to God – our sin debt was paid in full.  This is the heart of the gospel – we are saved by faith as we confess “Jesus is Lord!”

I’m so glad we can worship our resurrected Lord, and please God by offering praise to Him, instead of bringing a lamb or bull.  The question is “What makes our praise to God a sacrifice?”  Honestly, when everything is going well, I’m not so sure our praise is much of a sacrifice.  It’s easy to praise when we are experiencing blessings, but, what about when God doesn’t come through the way we think He should?  What if the medical test comes back positive for Covid 19?  What if you lose your job, or a family member dies, or you receive an eviction notice?  Praising God at any of those times is an act of faith and truly a sacrifice.  This Sunday, as we bring a sacrifice of praise in worship, we will celebrate with the fruit of lips that confess His name as we sing,

What good I’ve done could never save
My debt too great for deeds to pay
But God my Savior made a way
Hallelujah for the cross!
A slave to sin, my life was bound
But all my chains fell to the ground
When Jesus’ blood came flowing down,
Hallelujah for the cross!