Sacrifice of Praise

The sacrifice of praise is a continual praise. The sacrifice of praise is a praise audible. David said: I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth (Psalm 34:1).

Difference Between Praise and Sacrifice of Praise

There is a fundamental difference between praise God and the sacrifice of praise. Praise flows very easily when we are in a “right relationship” with God, that is, when things seem to be doing well in all aspects of our lives and we feel that God is attentive to our every need. It is a spontaneous overflow that leads us to think about all He has done for us.

In the other hand, we give to God the sacrifice of praise when things do not seem to go well’ it is the praise we offer no matter how we see things, which we offered in faith and obedience to God for who He is

Hebrews 13:15: 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.

Two examples of biblical sacrifice of praise taken from both the Old and New Testament.

Paul and Silas

While Paul and Silas were in prison, they praised God by singing and the result was miraculous.

Acts 16:22-26: And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them. And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely: Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks. And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.

Paul and Silas had been attacked and persecuted because of Jesus Christ. His attackers tore his clothes, whipped and confined in the innermost part of the prison, where were the worst criminals. In addition to keeping prisoners in the worst dungeon, they tied to stocks to restrict their movements.

During the time they were in prison, they kept praying and singing hymns. No complaints were expressing to God because of their physical condition or the mistreatment. Instead, they sang praises and his fellow prisoners heard them.

The result was that Paul and Silas were released from their chains and imprisonment. The jailer and his household received salvation and eternal life. Everyone in the prison, both prisoners and their jailers, received the testimony of Jesus. Other Philippian believers were comforted after the release of their fellow servants. Often musical expressions of praise to God release a great spiritual authority and power, as the case of Paul and Silas while singing songs of praise, liberation came through a great earthquake.

Jehoshaphat

Another biblical example of sacrifice of praise is Jehoshaphat, who followed the commandments of God and experienced miraculous victories. Jehoshaphat taught the Word of God to the people and continued religious and judicial reforms started by his father instituting a judicial body in Jerusalem to serve as supreme court of the country.

2 Chronicles 17:3-6:  And the LORD was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the first ways of his father David, and sought not unto Baalim; But sought to the LORD God of his father, and walked in his commandments, and not after the doings of Israel. Therefore the LORD stablished the kingdom in his hand; and all Judah brought to Jehoshaphat presents; and he had riches and honour in abundance. And his heart was lifted up in the ways of the LORD: moreover he took away the high places and groves out of Judah.

During the reign of Jehoshaphat, Ammonites, Moabites and Edomites joined to invade Judah from the south. For years, neighboring peoples feared it and left the nation alone, but on this occasion they joined forces to come against it. Jehoshaphat came to the assembly and prayed. Jehoshaphat prayed in time of trouble. His prayer began with praise.

2 Chronicles 20:6-9: And said, O LORD God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee? Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for ever? And they dwelt therein, and have built thee a sanctuary therein for thy name, saying, If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy presence, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help.

Jehoshaphat sought God for deliverance and the Lord answered his prayer. God responded him through a prophet.

2 Chronicles 20:15-18: And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s. To morrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook, before the wilderness of Jeruel. Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you. And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the LORD, worshipping the LORD

In preparing for battle, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing and praise the Lord. The vanguard of the army of Judah was the battalion of praise, whose weapons were not swords and shields, but musical instruments and their own throats to sing to God.

2 Chronicles 20:21-22: And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth for ever. And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.

The sacrifice of praise of Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah gave them victory over their enemies and God glorified defeating them. The enemies began to fight each other in a bloody battle and destroy each other, to the point that none escaped.

2 Chronicles 20:23 For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them: and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped to destroy another.

God not only freed Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah from their enemies, but also gave them a huge booty of war.

2 Chronicles 20:24-26: And when Judah came toward the watch tower in the wilderness, they looked unto the multitude, and, behold, they were dead bodies fallen to the earth, and none escaped. And when Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away the spoil of them, they found among them in abundance both riches with the dead bodies, and precious jewels, which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away: and they were three days in gathering of the spoil, it was so much. And on the fourth day they assembled themselves in the valley of Berachah; for there they blessed the LORD: therefore the name of the same place was called, The valley of Berachah, unto this day.

Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah were being attacked by the armies of three nations. His enemies were numerically superior several times, making it virtually impossible Jehoshaphat and his people were victorious based only on their own strengths.

Jehoshaphat and his people knew what the Word of God said. His first action was to offer up praise, not after the enemy was defeated, but while being surrounded on all sides, and when all seemed hopeless. They offered a sacrifice of praise.

To Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah the victory was complete because their enemies were killed and the people itself received a great booty. When Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing and praise the Lord and went before the army, won a great victory. They used powerful spiritual weapons and while they were praising God, great spiritual power and authority were manifested.

In this story of Josaphat are five steps that lead to victory:

  1. Knowing the Word. When we know the Scriptures, we know what the promises God has in store for every situation in life of His people, His children, His church.
  2. Searching the Presence of God. This will mean seeking God’s face and not just His hands, it is to full us of His strength and power.
  3. Listening to the Lord. God always give us an answer when we asked something. What happens is that many times our ears do not pay attention to His words.
  4. Believing the Word and worshiping God. When God gives you a rhema word, we must receive it with love and reciprocate in equal proportion to His unconditional love.
  5. Acting in faith. This means to praise God before we win.

Sacrifice of praise through Jesus

Only through Jesus we can offer sacrifice of praise. As Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life, the only one through which we can reach the Father, nothing we do for God can be done without Him and the sacrifice of praise is not an exception.

Hebrews 13:15: 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.

The sacrifice of praise involves giving thanks to God in the name of Jesus for who He is and for what He has done.

Ephesians 5:20: Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We should give thanks in all circumstances, not just for the things we consider good, not only when we receive from God what we ask but when He says NO even when it seems He does not want to answer.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18: Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

We can do this when we realize fully the way that God makes all things work for good in our lives. God’s plans are perfect for our lives, whether we understand or not, He always knows what is best for us in every situation.

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

The sacrifice of praise brings glory to God. As we know, God does not share His glory with anyone and everything we do should glorify Him. When we perform a sacrifice of praise we are stripping of our ego, leaving behind our selfishness and the personal desire to exalt Him alone

Psalm 50:23: Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.

How to offer a sacrifice of praise?

  •  We must make the decision. We must ensure beforehand that we will praise God at all times and under all circumstances. God does not force us to praise Him in times of crisis, the crisis itself should lead us deciding to praise him.
  • The time to start is now. Let praise God every day and all day. Let do praise as a lifestyle. As we saw in the two biblical examples, the praise began before the victory came. To the extent that we act in obedience to His Word and we have to praise, we offer the true sacrifice of praise to God and this is pleasing to Him
  • When the problems come. Remember that we made a decision, we must persevere in our habit of praise and remember that to praise in difficult times allows God to work in our favor. Praise in time of trial brings glory to the Father. When circumstances do not urge us to praise God, is precisely the time when we need to praise him.
  • Taking the step of faith. We begin to offer the sacrifice of praise by faith. Praise Him for who He is and what He has done. Then, offer thanksgiving to God for the situation, although we do not understand. Praise Him because He will make a way of liberation, even if we can not see the problem’s exit or the light at the end of the tunnel. Praise God for who He is and fix our thoughts on Him and the promises He has given us in His Word. Once we’ve begun to make the sacrifice of praise, we do not stop. Let declare aloud the Word of God which proclaims victory and liberation. First, we are offering worship in obedience. In doing so, we put our minds on Him and not in the circumstances.

As we continue comparing His power and glory with our circumstances, we will see how little is really our problem compared with the God we serve. When we fill our minds with the Word of God and focus on His power and His promises, a spirit of praise replace the doubts and concerns.

In times of trial, when we find it is difficult to praise, if we have to lift our praise to God in obedience, began to be imbued with the spirit of praise. Then we will joyfully enter into the full dimension of His presence as we liberate our minds the sacrifice of praise. Let sing to Him, dance before Him, glorify and exalt His name. And He will open a way of salvation and deliverance for us!

Blessings for everybody.

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