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A Sacrifice of Praise

August 15, 2017

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A Sacrifice of Praise

When King David  was being pursued  by enemies trying  to kill him,  he turned  to God in prayer,  trusting  that the LORD  would come and save him.     In his prayer,  David did something  we should all remember  to do.

Before God answered David’s prayer,  David gave the LORD  a sacrifice of praise.

We see his sacrifice  of praise  in Psalm 54:6-7,

Willingly  I will sacrifice  to Thee;
I will give thanks  to Thy name,  O LORD,  for it is good.
For  He has delivered me  from all trouble;
And my eye  has looked  with satisfaction  upon my enemies.

In trust,  David proclaimed  that God delivered him  from his enemies  before the deliverance  physically took place.     That trust  was a big leap  of faith  —  based on remembering  and knowing  God’s love  for him  —  and in which David gave thanks  before he actually got  the deliverance.

It’s like when we ask a friend  for a drink of water  and as the friend  is kindly beginning  to hand it to us,  we say “Thank you”  before actually  taking it in hand.     We knew our friend  would gladly give us  the drink of water.     We trusted our friend’s willingness  to meet  our need.

As we pray  for our heavenly Father’s help,  let us remember His love  for us  when He saved us  through Jesus’ sacrifice  on the cross.     With that kind of love  for us,  we can know  that God will help us  in a way  that is best  for us.     Therefore,  we can give a sacrifice  of thanksgiving and praise  for our Lord’s  loving deliverance.

Knowing how easily  we get worried  about our needs  on earth,  Jesus wants us  to know  and remember  just how intimately  God loves us.     Therefore,  He described God’s loving care  for all of creation,  when He said  in Matthew 6:26,

Look  at the birds  of the air,  that they do not sow,  neither do they reap,  nor gather  into barns,  and yet your heavenly Father  feeds them.      Are you not worth  much more  than they?

As the birds  have a way  of trusting their Creator  and singing His praises,  so should we.

In trust,  and while giving  the sacrifice  of praise,  we can say,  “Hallelujah!      Our LORD  takes care  of all our needs.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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