PRAISE THE LORD! (Part #3) 8-28-2011

posted Aug 29, 2011, 2:42 PM by Dale Barnes
“He who sacrifices thank offerings honors me, and he prepares the way so that I may show him the salvation of God.” (Ps.50:23 NIV)  “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise--the fruit of lips that confess his name.” (Heb.13:15 NIV)

The sacrifice of thanksgiving and praise!  What is that?  The way of faith (trust) is based on truth, rather than emotions and circumstances.The word of God, his truth and promises, remain the same irregardless of the outward situations that come and go, or the emotions that move up and down with the outward changes of life.

“I, the Lord, do not change.”(Mal.3:6 NIV)  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”(Heb. 13:8 NIV)  Our faith stands on who he is and what he has promised.  He remains the same!  So our faith can be steadfast.  We can begin each morning with praise to God.  Our faith is exercised by our thanksgiving. We are to look to God, not our feelings or circumstances.

When all the circumstances were so horrible and everything seemed hopeless, the Bible tells us that David “encouraged himself in the Lord.”(1 Sam.30:6 KJV)  There was encouragement from no other source. Then God’s guidance flowed, and he found help in the Lord.  It began with David taking a stand on the truths of God and his promises.

The apostle Paul tells us that God’s will is for us to give thanks in everything; in all situations.  We have to sacrifice our discouragement, self-pity and hopelessness to do this.   We are to look to God and his word of truth, and encourage our self in the Lord, then offer praise to him.  We are honoring God above and regardless of the circumstances. We are putting our trust in him, and opening our selves up for the grace of God to work in and through us.  Those who trust in the Lord will not be ashamed. (Ro.9:33,10:11)  We have so much to rejoice about.  We are trusting and following the one true God, who loves us and is always faithful.