Sacrifice of Praise

Meditation Thought: “…let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.” Hebrews 13:15

“Continually” offer a sacrifice of praise: if I am praising God, I can’t be praising myself. If I am praising Him, I am doing the Father’s will, I am imitating the Son, I am being filled with the Spirit. If I am doing all of this, I am also producing fruit according to His commandment.

If I am centering my mind to praise God, I am centering my mind on God’s will, and if I am doing his will, I am doing His works. If I am doing His works, I am producing His fruits which feed the hungry – including myself – I am feeding us a banquet of our hearts desires, of all that satiates our appetites for: peace, joy, love, understanding, excitement, hope, anticipation.

Verse 16 states “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”

“Praise, do good, share”: of these attitudes does the Kingdom consist.

Prayer of Response: Oh, Father, in Jesus’ name I pray Thee to renew my spirit, my mind, my heart, that I may praise, do good, and share ever more joyfully. Enable me to be so totally committed to Your will and Your word that all evil and selfish desires desert me, and only Your goodness, mercy, and righteousness remain in my spirit, my mind, my heart, my emotions, my life. Amen

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