ALWAYS OFFER THE SACRIFICE OF PRAISE TO GOD

WISDOM FOR LIVING DAILY DEVOTIONAL

FEBRUARY 20, 2024

TOPIC: ALWAYS OFFER THE SACRIFICE OF PRAISE TO GOD

BY T. O. BANSO

“Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name” (Hebrews 13:15 New International Version).

The phrase “the sacrifice of praise” is mentioned only two times in the Bible in the New King James Version – the first in the Old Testament and the second in the New Testament.

Jeremiah 33:11 says, “The voice of joy and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the voice of those who will say: ‘Praise the Lord of hosts, for the Lord is good, for His mercy endures forever’—and of those who will bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the Lord. For I will cause the captives of the land to return as at the first,’ says the Lord” (New King James Version). The phrase “the sacrifice of praise” is first mentioned in this scripture. Note the phrase “of those who will bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the Lord” in this scripture. You should be among those who bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the Lord today.  You should also always offer the sacrifice of praise to God in your house and everywhere.

The second and only mention of the phrase “the sacrifice of praise” in the New Testament in the New King James Version is in Hebrews 13:15: “Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name” (New King James Version). Note the phrase “continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God.” This verse says, “by Him,” we should continually or always offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. To whom does “by Him” refer? Jesus. The New International Version makes this clearer: “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.” As the NKJV Bible Commentary says, “Of all the sacrifices offered in the Old Testament period, only the sacrifice of praise continues in New Testament worship.”

The writer of the book of Hebrews says we should, through Jesus Christ, continually offer the or a sacrifice of praise to God – the fruit of lips that confess His name. GOD’S WORD Translation puts this scripture this way: “Through Jesus we should always bring God a sacrifice of praise, that is, words that acknowledge him.” You offer a sacrifice of praise to God by acknowledging Him and giving thanks to His name.

The Amplified Bible renders Hebrews 13:15 thus: “Through Him, therefore, let us at all times offer up to God a sacrifice of praise, which is the fruit of lips that thankfully acknowledge and confess and glorify His name.” This translation tells us that a sacrifice of praise is the fruit of lips that thankfully acknowledge, confess, and glorify His name. To offer a sacrifice of praise to God, you thankfully acknowledge, confess, and glorify His name. The Living Bible says, “With Jesus’ help we will continually offer our sacrifice of praise to God by telling others of the glory of his name” (Hebrews 13:15). In other words, when you tell others of the glory of the name of God, you are offering a sacrifice of praise to Him.

A sacrifice of praise is something that you should offer to God continually. Different sacrifices were offered in the Old Testament as the law required but God does not desire sacrifice and offering from us today, as done in the Old Testament. Romans 12:1 says that we, believers, today should present our bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is our reasonable service. The Bible also says we should continually offer sacrifice of praise to Him, thankfully acknowledging, confessing, and glorifying His name. We should tell others of the glory of His name.

The Living Bible also uses the phrase “sacrifice of praise” in Hosea 14:2: “Bring your petition. Come to the Lord and say, O Lord, take away our sins; be gracious to us and receive us, and we will offer you the sacrifice of praise.’” The New King James Version uses the phrase “the sacrifices of our lips” instead of  “the sacrifice of praise.” You should continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God. Psalm 50:23a says, “Whoever offers praise glorifies Me” (New King James Version). The New International Version puts it this way: “Those who sacrifice thank offerings honor me.”

Always offer the sacrifice of praise to God. Another phrase in the Bible similar to “sacrifice of praise” is “sacrifice of thanksgiving,” which is mentioned in the New King James Bible in Leviticus 7:12, 13, Leviticus 22:29, Psalm 116:17, and Amos 4:5. Psalm 107:22 talks about the sacrifices of thanksgiving: Let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare His works with rejoicing” (New King James Version).

Offer continual sacrifice of praise to God. David says in Psalm 34:1, “I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth” (New King James Version). Praise God at all times, praise Him always; praise Him continually. Thankfully acknowledge, confess, and glorify His name. Offer the fruit of lips that confess His name. David says, “I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify Him with thanksgiving. This also shall please the LORD better than an ox or bull, which has horns and hooves” (Psalm 69:30-31 New King James Version).

A sacrifice of praise shall please God. Offer it to Him. Praise Him for who He is. Praise Him for His attributes and for what He has done. Praise Him with the fruit of your lips. Speak words of praise to Him. Sing to Him songs of praise. Praise the Lord, for it is good it is to sing praises to our God; it is pleasant and fitting to praise Him (Psalm 147:1). Praise the name of the Lord, for His name alone is exalted and His glory is above the earth and heaven (Psalm 148:13). Always offer the sacrifice of praise to God. He alone deserves it.

TAKE ACTION!

If you are not born again, you need to give your life to Jesus now. I urge you to take the following steps: *Admit that you are a sinner, and you cannot save yourself, and repent of your sins. *Confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. *Renounce your past way of life – your relationship with the devil and his works. *Invite Jesus into your life. *As a mark of seriousness to mature in the faith, start attending a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church. There they will teach you how to grow in the Kingdom of God.

Kindly say this prayer now: O Lord God, I come unto You today. I know I am a sinner, and I cannot save myself. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and God raised Him on the third day. I repent of my sins and confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I surrender my life to Jesus now and invite Him into my heart. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank You, Jesus, for saving me and making me a child of God.

I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You will need to join a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church in your area where they will teach you how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like a palm tree and grow like a cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things and become all God wants you to be. I will be glad to hear from you. The Lord be with you.

PRAYER POINTS: I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. Through Jesus, I  will continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise.

(For over 900 in-depth and powerful messages by T. O. Banso, visit www.cedarministry.org).

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