Sacrifice of Praise
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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.
As a young girl in Sunday School I had always been taught about how the animal sacrifices of the Old Testament were brought once a year and were used to offer atonement for sins foreshadowing the complete, perfect sacrifice of the blood of Jesus upon the cross for sins.
I never really had an understanding of what a production the sacrifice process was until we took our Missions Team to see a place here in Lebanon called Baalbek.
Baalbek was known as one of the most grand and important architectural and religious sites of the Roman Empire and has some of the best-preserved Roman ruins in all the world.
The most interesting part of the tour for me was seeing the massive tower altars in the centre of the Great Court, where priests would lead ritual offerings and animal sacrifices to please the local deities (gods). This altar was massive, with a kind of conduit for the blood. This emptied itself into a small canal that made sure that the blood flowed out of the sanctuary. The sacrificed animal was then let down into an impressive underground chamber where the meat would then be prepared for sale by temple merchants.
The act of sacrifice was an arduous process where I can only imagine crowds of people with smelly, bleating animals waiting to be sacrificed. The sickening stench of blood would be wafting through the hot, sticky air. Not a very nice place to be. Doing this yearly must have been truly a sacrifice for people, one that God knew would soon be changing once His Son came on the scene!
How grateful I am for Jesus! He became the perfect sacrifice! Thank you Lord, Hallelujah! His sacrifice was done once and for all! I am so glad that I don’t have to take a lamb every year to a stench filled temple to be sacrificed!!!
However, He does request that we still offer a sacrifice to Him. The Sacrifice of Praise! My sacrifice is done not by offering a lamb to be sacrificed but I’m to offer a sacrifice of praise with my mouth.
He calls it a sacrifice because it still takes effort. Especially in our busy day of working, children, bosses, university & cell phones… We must be intentional to open our mouths and offer up praise to God.
With our voice, power is released as you make this sacrifice of thanks and praise to God.
We are also to offer it not yearly but continually! This means that every chance we get we are to open up our mouths and offer up words of adoration to God.
I’m so glad that this is the sacrifice God requires of me. I can do this!
When you praise Him today, praise Him for His perfect sacrifice with the fruit of your lips as you give thanks to His Name.