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Offer Up a Sacrifice of Praise

September 17, 2017

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Offer Up a Sacrifice of Praise

Near the end  of the book of Hebrews,  the writer gives his readers encouragement  in Christian living  and the hope  we can have  in Christ.     And then  he gives the big “why”  for our hope  and way of living  in Hebrews 13:14-15.

For here  we do not have  a lasting city,  but we are seeking  the city  which is to come.     Through Him then,  let us continually offer up  a sacrifice  of praise  to God,  that is,  the fruit of lips  that give thanks  to His name.

It is because nothing  in this world  is lasting  that it does not make sense  to set our hopes  on anything  in this world.     It’s senseless  to live  like the rest of the world  —  in greediness,  lustfulness,  adultery,  stealing,  lying,  slandering,  cheating,  etc.  — because none of these ways  will bring us  lasting happiness.     Instead,  they only lead  to misery  for everyone involved.

Because nothing is lasting  in this world,  it is senseless  to put all our efforts  into having more  and more money  and ”stuff”,  to become vain  about our “good looks”,  to put down others  in an effort  to make ourselves look  more important,  etc.

It is our heavenly home  that will last forever  and ever.     So,  in seeing that reality,  it only makes sense  for us  to live in faith,  hope,  and love  —  always giving the sacrifice  of praise  to God,  as we trust our Lord  to lead us  according to His promises.

As Christians,  we are sure  to have all sorts  of heartaches  and troubles.     God’s word says  that will be a part  of our earthly lives.     In the middle of it all,  we are to constantly remember  that heaven  is our real home.     Heaven is  to always be  our goal.

As we always make ourselves remember  God’s love  for us  in Jesus Christ,  we will realize  that everything  in this world will pass away.     Because Jesus  and our heavenly home  are eternal  they are what is really worth  living for.     Their value  is so much greater  than everything else  on earth.

Meditating  on God’s wonderful works  since the beginning of time,  will give us  the right reasons  to always  offer up a sacrifice of praise to God”,  since we know  He will never leave  nor forsake us.     Whatever we have to face,  God will be there  to strengthen  and lead us.     All of God’s word  reminds us  how He has faithfully cared  for all  of His children  in all sorts  of trials.

It is because  of what Jesus has done  for us  in love  that we can surely trust Him  and give Him  the sacrifice of praise”.     It can be very difficult  to praise God  when our pain is  so deep.     So,  it becomes a sacrifice  —  a sacrifice  of trusting  and loving  our Lord  —  in the midst  of trials.

Because Jesus has proven  that He is King of kings  and Lord of lords  forever,  we can comfortably afford  to give Him  a sacrifice of praise today.

When we trust Jesus enough  to praise Him  for His sacrificial love  for us,  we will say,   “Hallelujah!     My Savior does  all things  for me.     He meets  all my needs.”

Love,
Margaret

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

Pray for our country.

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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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