Elements Of Sacrificial Praise

Hardly no one likes trouble or difficult times, and it sure is hard to be happy in such cases. Yet, God calls us to a higher plane. And, though He calls us to this higher plane, in a special way He gives us the ability to do it.
Elements Of Sacrificial Praise
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You may have heard the term "sacrifice of praise" a number of times, especially if you are part of, or "rub shoulders" with religious people. The phrase occurs three times in the Holy Bible (Authorized Version), in Jeremiah 17:26, 33:11, and Hebrews 13:15. In researching this I have found a striking connection between Jeremiah 33:11 and Hebrews 13:15 in regard to the end time of the Church Age and the Great Tribulation, but that observation must be reserved for another message and its accompanying article.

For now, and this message, we will focus upon Hebrews 13:15, which is as follows (KJV):

“By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.” Contained in that verse are the elements of sacrificial praise unto God, and they are as follows.

I. Why There Should Be Sacrificial Praise 15a KJV

“. . . therefore . . .”

There are a great number of reasons why we should offer praise to God. This verse speaks of sacrificial praise and the foundation of such praise is based upon the sacrificial work of Jesus Christ. In essence we can briefly say at this point that He sacrificed for us, so we should sacrifice for Him.

His sacrificial work included His life and death. Through His loving work He has provided for all of our spiritual needs, the most important of which is salvation, which is touched upon in verse 12, “Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people through His own blood, suffered outside the gate." Once saved we are satisfied because we are nourished with Him (verse 10): ‘We have an altar from which those who serve the tabernacle have no right to eat."

Those who are truly His disciples know the blessedness of His presence now (verses 5 and 6); “Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, ‘I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,’ so that we confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What will man do to me?'" If we remain in Him we will have His wonderful presence for all of eternity (verse 14): “For here we do not have a lasting city, but we are seeking the city which is to come.”

In all of this and more we see in verse 8 that Jesus Christ is constant, He does not change: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” This is the great assurance we need, especially in these days that make up the end of the Church Age when things get dark and turbulent for real Christians. The constancy of Christ along with all that we have just mentioned, and much more, is reason enough to offer sacrificial praise to Him.

II. How Are We To Give Sacrificial Praise 15b

“By him . . .”

Thanking and praising God during difficult times is against human nature. This is one reason why we need Christ. Once He dwells within we are enabled, because of His victorious life within, to do things that please God not with our strength but with His ability and merit. The life and death of Christ was sacrificial and all that Christ is is ours, if we are truly saved.

It is by faith that we may offer the sacrifice of praise in His strength {1}. Just like other acts of faith, knowing the will of God through the Word of God we obey His desire, whatever He commands. Purposely lifting our hands to God and praising Him when we certainly do not feel like it requires the same faith expressed in obedience when it was commanded to the priests to take the Ark Of The Covenant, march toward the Jordan River and start to step in. As you hopefully might know, the waters receded and the children of Israel crossed the channel of the Jordan (Joshua 3:1-4:24).

III. What We Are To Give: Sacrificial Praise 15c

“. . . the sacrifice of praise to God . . .”

We have mentioned about praising God in difficult times and when we do not feel like it. However, if we are truly saved we will obey out of a heart of love. He will strengthen us by His strength as we continue to praise Him. By the way, if you attend a true church where they have worship leaders, some of those leading the congregation often practice this principle of sacrificial praise. There may have been a domestic argument,


or a phone call with tragic news, and so on, before church, but by faith and obedience to His Word many lead in worship without the slightest hint of trouble.

Though many a Christian knows what God’s Word says they have a real struggle to follow through. There are two thoughts that will get us over the hump by the grace of God. First, the attitude that God is most worthy of our praise at all times. The second thought is, whatever we are facing it could be worse. Essentially, because we all have sinned, we deserve worse. We do not get what we deserve, but Christ took what we deserved

IV. When We Are To Give Sacrificial Praise 15d

“. . . continually, . . .”

Part of the context of our passage deals with the Temple. When one surrenders to Christ they become the Temple of the Holy Ghost (1 Corinthians 6:19). Just as certain daily sacrifices were not to cease in the man-made Temple, they are not to cease in the God-made Temple. Thus, sacrificial praise is to be a habit.

By the Holy Spirit, the psalmist wrote in Psalm 119:164, “Seven times a day I praise You, Because of Your righteous judgments." Habitually praising God {2} will help us to sacrificially praise Him when the time comes. It will be easier because we have been in the habit of praising and thanking Him throughout the day.

V. Where Does It Come From And Where Does It Go 15e

". . . that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name."

"Fruit of our lips" speaks to the fact that our praise should be vocalized. We should be in an attitude of praise and worship of Him throughout the day, but there is a need on our behalf to speak it, sing it, even shout it (Jeremiah 31:7). How blessed it is to bring forth praise unto God instead of complaining, worrying, gossiping, and any other negative thing.

For the true disciple there is much to praise God for. From what I see of the context, "to His Name" would refer to the name "Jesus Christ." This is the Name by which we are saved, commune with the Father, and live. It is by His Name that we are healed.

In all, if we are truly saved it is Christ within that enables us to sacrificially praise Him. Christ said in Luke 6:45, ". . . out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks." With Christ within one has abundant life.

Notes:

{1} Please read Give Thanks In Difficult Times at 
http://holybibletreasures.expertscolumn.com/article/give-thanks-in-difficult-times

{2} Please read Get Into The Godly Habit Of Praising And Worshiping God at 
http://holybibletreasures.expertscolumn.com/article/get-godly-habit-praising-and-worshiping-god

This article was written in the form of a sermon (message) outline with comments. God willing by December 18, 2016 (hopefully much sooner), you should be able to hear the actual message (sermon) by selecting a link at http://www.sapphirestreams.com/life/audioM.html#M429 .

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Article Written By BrotherPete

I am a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, having served over forty years as a pastor. I graduated from Northeast Bible College of Green Lane Pennsylvania and have a Bachelors Degree in Bible. I am enthused about the Word of God and how it can make a positive change in the life of anyone once it is teamed up with faith and the Holy Spirit. I am happily married. Visit www.sapphirestreams.com.

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  • nbillett  28-12-2016
    "We bring sacrifice of praise into the house of the Lord. And we offer up to him, the sacrifices of thanksgiving, the sacrifices of joy." A popular chorus we sing in our churches. Very catchy. Jesus loved us to the point of madness when he humbled himself to the extent of living as a servant and undergoing an ignominious and painful death on the cross.
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