“By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.”
How often should we praise God? Continually.
John Butler said, “It is easy to praise God when things are going well, but in the midst of troubles, we are still to praise Him.” How true that is. Much like we are to pray without ceasing, we are to praise Him continually. Our lips are to give thanks to His Name. When we thank God, we praise Him.
The objective of our entire lives should be to please God. In this passage He shows us some ways in which we can please Him.
God wants us to share what we have with others.
Benevolence and communication are the foundation of friendship – finding common ground with others. We cannot find that common ground if we are not doing good unto them and communicating. When we share what we have, not only are we blessing the recipient, but also we ourselves are blessed and God is pleased. He wants us to yield ourselves to Him so that He may use us to bless others.
In his letter to the Philippians, Paul writes of how he was blessed by them and their giving. “But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God.” Philippians 4:18
Remember the context…missions giving. The church of Philippi had given sacrificially to Paul’s ministry because they desired for him to bear fruit. He reminded them that God would supply all their need because of their gift of love and their desire for fruit as well. Paul’s friends provided for him so that he could serve where God had sent him.
God wants us to do more than praise Him with our lips. He tells us that we should not forget to do good and communicate with others. We please the Lord when we sacrifice our time and service to bless those around us.
If you have godly friends in your life, praise the Lord for them today. He has crossed your paths so that you may be a blessing to each other.
Joshua 17-18 | Acts 15 | Psalm 73
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