Friday, August 15, 2008

sometimes it's a sacrifice

Hebrews 13:15 talks about the sacrifice of praise.  I think maybe Psalms does, too, depending on the version you use.  
We used to sing a chorus about that.  "We bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the Lord."  I always wondered what that meant.  How is praise a sacrifice.  I realize the Lord is honored by it, but it isn't a difficult thing to do... right?
Well, then life got tougher.  And I remember being at church, feeling so low that the last thing I wanted to do was sing.  I wasn't angry at God, but I was broken-hearted and it felt like too much effort to open my mouth and join in the happy tune.  But I did.  I joined in less than half-heartedly.  And as I sang, something strange happened.  The burden began to lift a bit.  The joy seemed to invade my heart just a bit.  It had been very difficult to begin the song.  It had been a sacrifice, but God always blesses our sacrifices.

The Bible also says that God inhabits the praise of His people.  He lives there.  Think on that a bit.  One of the best things for me to do when I am having a hard day, a hard week, or just a bad moment, is to praise Him.  Or at least click a button and listen to someone else praising Him. It never fails. Not once.  My situation doesn't necessarily change, but God moves in -- He lives in praise -- and lifts my burden.

This is my last post on the subject - for now at least.

Keep praising!  Don't let the times, the circumstances or your feeling dictate your response to our great God.


  1. Keep praising! Don't let the times, the circumstances or your feeling dictate your response to our great God." Excellent! I will! Thanks for these great posts..I have enjoyed them immensely!

  2. I've played that song a thousand times back in my worship leader days and I never once even thought about that.

    I'm gonna have to reflect on it now.

  3. Great post (as usual). Love your comment Mel - something I need to be reminded of when times are hard.

  4. Actually..Kay said it...I give her the was great!!

  5. You are so right about what praise to God can do for us. Thanks!
    Oh, I finally did the tag about quirky things!

  6. Mel - I thought it was from her post too, but I had just re-read it in your comment and it put it back in my mind - something I needed, so thank you both!

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