Praising God is a Sacrifice?

An important lesson from my days doing jail ministry:

We had just finished singing about bringing the “sacrifice of praise to the Lord,” when a 16-year-old incarcerated youth asked a question.

“I don’t get it.  Why would singing praises to God be a sacrifice?”

“Good question, Jack!  Let me ask you this:  When God does something really wonderful in our lives is it natural to want to thank Him and even praise Him?”

“Sure.”

“What if things are not going well?  Sometimes it’s not easy to thank God or to praise Him. Yet this is the very thing He wants us to do—even when we don’t feel like it.  When we obey God in this way, it shows we are trusting Him.  Trusting God is what the Christian life is all about.

“When we praise Him and thank Him, He blesses us with His peace.  That amazing peace which is beyond our understanding actually protects our minds and hearts.  So initially, it may seem like a sacrifice because it’s something we don’t feel like doing.  But whenever we obey God, He rewards us.”

Jack said, “I get it!   When I was first locked up, I was mad at everyone, even God.  But then I started coming to Bible study and I learned about  Jesus’  love and how He wanted to forgive my sins.   Once I gave Him my life, He gave me His peace — for the first time in my life.    So yes, I can see how praising God may be a sacrifice, but it also blesses us.”

  • 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
  • Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.     Philippians 4:6-8
  • AT THE FEET OF JESUSLyrics by Liana Wendy Howarth; music by Kathleen

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This life is temporary. This life is short.  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:   http://www.godlife.com/gospel/

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About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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9 Responses to Praising God is a Sacrifice?

  1. Dee says:

    Thanks for all you do! May God bless you always.

  2. Liana says:

    Totally agree with Dee. You are such a blessing Kathleen.

  3. Kathleen says:

    I so agree! Thank you Mel.

  4. Kathleen says:

    Thank you, Mark, for your encouragement.

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