posted Feb 21, 2011, 11:07 AM by Dale Barnes   [ updated Feb 21, 2011, 11:16 AM ]
“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)

Honest praise and thanksgiving to God is encouraged all through the Bible.  Psalm 22:3 tells us that “God inhabits the praises of his people.”  We are admonished: “in everything give thanks.”  It is so easy to get embroiled with the cares and negative happenings of life; we forget the wonderful truth about “God honoring” praise.

He dwells in praise!  Praise sets an atmosphere for God to manifest his presence.  The Bible is clear that God is everywhere at all times, but praise builds a location for a manifestation of his presence.  It is an expression of our trust; our faith.  It may come in the form of great peace or wonderful joy.  His presence may bring incite of scripture that will help us, or possibly a definite intervention in a problem.  God can and does touch situations and they can change instantly.

What is the basis of our praise and thanksgiving to God?  Isn’t it his character and his promises? The Bible calls them exceeding great and precious promises.            (2 Pet.1:4)  The first verse mentioned above is such a wonderful illustration and truth.  Praise and thanksgiving is the action that brings these two results.  First, they honor God.  They put him in his proper place; he is lifted up as God, the only true God, who rules and is worthy of exaltation above all our problems.  Second, thanksgiving and praise opens the door, makes the way, for God to show us his salvation; that is, to work and minister his help to us in various ways.

Notice, it is a sacrifice of thanksgiving.  It is something we can do not only when things are going right, but in all circumstances; regardless of how we feel at the moment or how the situations of life look to us.  God reigns over all, and to honor him sets the stage for God’s work.  Let’s practice praise rather than complaining or living discouraged.  It is God’s way; it is the right way!