Hebrews 13:15 Continue To Praise God

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

Every day people are willing to sacrifice many different things for something else that they like more. People will sacrifice family, hobbies, sleep or more just to watch sports. Others will sacrifice the same things and more for other things that they love even more.

Sometimes the sacrifices are for something good, while many times it is for something that is harmful or destructive in the long run.

As the author concludes the book, he tells people to continually offer a sacrifice of praise to God as they profess His name.

One of the difficult things for people to do is praise God not just in the good times, but during difficult and trying times. It is when things are going bad and it looks as if God is against one, that praising God becomes a sacrifice. It is putting aside self, this world and putting God first.

The greatest advantage of praising God is that it takes one’s eyes off of self and the problems of this world and puts the focus back on God. It recognizes that although there are many difficulties in life, God is still in control and loves the person.

Praising God in this way is a sacrifice, because it is putting aside self and selfish desires and putting God at the forefront. It has to be a conscience effort to praise God in this way.

As one is sacrificing his own life to give praise to God, it will be a witness to the world as to who the person is serving and trusting. It will also empower God to be able to do more in his life because of the sacrifice of praise.

Every day you will be busy and have many challenges and trials. Rather than look at the challenges and be overwhelmed by them, turn your focus towards God and offer Him praise.

Think of all the good things God has already done for you and give God praise for each of those things. Offer a sacrifice of praise to God for how He is going to bring you through every difficult situation in your life.

Be willing to sacrifice everything to praise God. As you do that you will see God work great and mighty things in your life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will praise God for who He is; that you will praise God for what He is doing; that you will praise God for what He will do; and that you will sacrifice all to praise God first.

Isaiah 63:7 Something To Talk About

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I will tell of the kindnesses of the Lord, the deeds for which he is to be praised, according to all the Lord has done for us–yes, the many good things he has done for Israel, according to his compassion and many kindnesses. Isaiah 63:7 

People love to talk about many different things. Some will talk about the latest sports games, others talk about politics or whatever is going on in the news. Some will talk about the newest movies or trends occurring. Parents often talk about their children or grandchildren. And the list is endless.

Regardless of what people talk about, it is always about something of interest. It is always the interest of the person talking, and sometimes in the interest of the person listening.

Isaiah says one of the things he will talk about is God’s kindness and good deeds. He is recognizing and telling people of all the good things God has done for Israel, so that He may be praised.

Every believer has something that they can talk about, no matter what is going on in life. That one thing is God’s great kindness. No one had to be saved. Every person deserved punishment and death because of sin. Yet, God in His great love chose to provide for forgiveness of sins and salvation.

Along with salvation, God has also done many things for every person. His provision of breath, life, food, clothing, and shelter are just a few of the basics. God has also provided healing, joy, peace, comfort, understanding, wisdom, direction and more.

The amount of kind things that God has done for every believer is endless. These are the things a believer can talk about. Other believers need to be encouraged with hearing these things. The world needs to hear it to know who God is and what He is like.

Every day you will have opportunities to talk to someone. Sometimes for just a few minutes, other times for hours. Instead of just talking about the news and the weather, talk about what God has done and is doing in your life.

Be quick to share with others the good deeds God has done for you. This will encourage some to trust in God more. It will also be a witness of your love for God and who God is in your life.

If you really think about it, you will never run out of good things to talk about when talking about God.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that your eyes will be open to the kindness and good deeds of God; that you will talk about what God is doing to all you meet; and that you will share God’s kindness with others. 

Psalm 71:14 Praise With Hope

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As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more. Psalm 71:14 

Looking at the events going on in the world, many people do not have much hope for this world. Natural disasters are occurring at catastrophic levels in new places all over the world. Violent crimes are rising in many cities around the world. Poverty and homelessness is on a rise. Cost of living is rising faster than paychecks. Wars and threats of war are seen everywhere.

These things are on the grand scale of life. Then there are the things in a person’s life. Sickness, injury, marital failings, children failing, drugs, alcohol, and more destroying lives and removing hope.

The list of what is going wrong in this world always seems to be increasing, leaving very little room for hope. It looks like doomsday is approaching quickly for most people.

The author of this psalm states that he will always have hope and thus will praise God more and more.

Hope is the expectation of something better that is unseen. At this point, one cannot see an end to many of the problems in this world. People are constantly at war as to how to deal with many of the problems in this world.

If all one does is look at this world and man alone, then there is no hope. There is no way for mankind to make things better. He will fail.

However, God has not left man alone. He is there to provide the needed help. As the author of this psalm wrote, Jesus had not yet died on the cross, yet, he had hope in God to provide the needed salvation.

God will win the battle in the end. Sin and death will be defeated and wiped out when Jesus returns. This is a hope that every believer has.

Knowing this can cause a believer to praise God even more each day.

Take your eyes off of the problems that are going on in this world. Focus on what God has already done for you and will do for you in the future. He will always be there for you and will continue to do more and more each day.

God has promised to save you and give you eternal life. Hold onto that hope and give Him praise for it.

Let the world know the hope that they can have. Let the world see the hope that you have as you praise God despite the circumstances of this world.

I pray today that you will know the hope you have in Jesus; that you will know how God has helped you already; that you will know the salvation that is yours; and that you will praise God more and more each day.

 

Psalm 70:4 Rejoicing While Waiting

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But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who long for your saving help always say, “The Lord is great!” Psalm 70:4 

Waiting is something that most people do not like to do. Things cannot move fast enough for many people. They want things to be done quickly on their own time frame.

It does not matter how fast something is, it can be faster, or rather, it must be faster. The cashier is too slow, the computer is too slow, the traffic is too slow and much more. People are always complaining about how long something takes.

The level of complaint increases when what is slow is the provision of help in a time of need. During a crisis, nothing can move fast enough. Then people just complain.

David knew that there were people who were in need of God’s help and were waiting for His help in their lives. He encourages all that are waiting for God’s help to praise Him and remember that He is great.

While the world is waiting on physical things in this world, believers are also waiting on God. They are waiting on God to answer their many prayers. Some of those prayers are for desperate measures. Life is difficult and without God’s intervention it will be even worse.

Yet, as they pray, God does not seem to hear or do anything about the situation. Many believers then begin to complain, just as the world does. They get angry with God for not meeting their need, in their time.

The focus needs to shift and remember that God is GREAT. He knows the perfect time and the perfect action to deal with the situation in the believer’s life. One needs to wait for His provision, His salvation to arrive. While waiting one can praise God for who He is.

You are probably waiting for God to answer some prayers of your right now that you have been seeking an answer to for some time. Do not give up on those prayers. Continue to believe God will answer those prayer needs.

As you are praying and waiting, rejoice that God hears you. Praise God for all the prayers He has already answered in your life. Don’t lose hope in God and the salvation that He has promised, it will come at the right time.

Don’t forget that God is GREAT, even while you are waiting in desperation for an answer from Him.

I pray today that you will know God’s hand of provision; that you will know the hope you have in Jesus; that you will rejoice in what God has already done for you; and that you will praise God while waiting for His answers.