A Sacrifice of Praise and Thanksgiving
Posted: Thursday, November 24th, 2016Print
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A collection of devotions written in celebration of various holidays, such as Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter. May this holiday manna bless you!
Let us then go forth [from all that would prevent us] to Him outside the camp [at Calvary], bearing the contempt and abuse and shame with Him. For here we have no permanent city, but we are looking for the one which is to come.
Through Him, therefore, let us constantly and at all times offer up to God a sacrifice of praise, which is the fruit of lips that thankfully acknowledge and confess and glorify His name.
Hebrews 13:15 AMPC
To me, praise and thanksgiving is the greatest gift that one can give to God, and I believe it’s the gift that He responds to the most. Oh, I can thank Him for a gift of money. I can thank Him for a warm fire. That’s easy. I can thank Him that I can walk and speak and live and have a body of Christ. I can thank Him for a million things. But when I thank Him for my troubles, that is the sacrificial offering pictured in the Old Testament.
In the Old Testament, the thanksgiving was for what He had done. In our New Testament mandate, it is a leap of belief to thank Him for what He has not yet done but we believe that He will do. We don’t know what it is or how He’ll work it out, but we leap to the sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving and offer that to Him. And He responds.
I know from the Bible that God responds to what man does. And in the New Testament, the sacrifice of praise is living, as Hebrews says, outside the camp. It is living like Jesus lived, and being thankful for it!
This special Thanksgiving Day devotional is from Martha’s audio series, The Healing Power of Giving Thanks.