Hebrews 13:15 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.Introductory Thoughts
In the Old Testament, sacrifices were often scheduled. The sacrifice might be a sacrifice that was offered once in a year, or one that was offered as a result of some specific sin. Regardless, most often the sacrifices were based upon a schedule given by the Lord. It would appear that no such schedule is given for the New Testament believer. Instead Hebrews 13:15 suggests that believers ought to “offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually.” There is no need to wait until any certain day to come around next week, next month, or even next year. Every day the believer has reason to open his mouth in praise to God. Every day he has reason to give God thanks for all that He has done and is doing.
• (For children): David was a man after God’s own heart. He knew God deserved his praise continually. Read Psalm 34:1; Psalm 35:28; Psalm 70:4. What can you praise God for right now?
• (For everyone): How often do you praise God? How often do you thank Him for what He has done for you? Do you wait until there are others around or do you offer Him sacrifices on a daily basis, even in the privacy of your own home?
• Has God been good to you? What has He done for you? Have you taken time to thank and praise Him?
• Thank God for being so good to you.
• Ask God to help you sacrifice unto Him continually.
SONG: THANKS TO GOD
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(VOLUME 4, WEEK 40)
Subject: Sin (con’t)
Sin brings consequences. Though the blood of Christ cleanseth from all sin (1 John 1:7), some things cannot merely be undone.
When a man gets right with the Lord, he should likewise look for opportunities to make things right with his fellow man.