An Offering to God
“Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.” (Hebrews 13:15 NIV)
When we give an offering to God, we take something that is ours and we give it to him. The Bible says that God loves a cheerful giver, and as Christians we are called to abide by that principle when it comes time to give of our earnings for the furtherance of his kingdom. But did you know that praise is also an offering?
We need to be conscious of this fact, whether we are talking about praising God in our own individual time spent in his presence, or whether we’re gathered together, lifting our voices in one accord. If we’re praising and worshiping the Lord together in song, it shouldn’t just be a sing-a-long; it should be an offering to God.
When we give something that is coming from deep within —adoration, praise, thanksgiving — and we offer it up to the Lord, he is well pleased. In both the Old and New Testaments, we see that God also loves when we lift our hands in prayer. The Psalmist David said, “I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands” (Psalm 63:4). And in his New Testament letter to his young coworker Timothy, the apostle Paul wrote the following: “Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing” (1 Timothy 2:8). God also loves to receive the fruit of our lips, whether it is out loud or in a low whisper. No wonder the writer to the Hebrews exhorts us to continually "offer to God a sacrifice of praise — the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.”
Perhaps you are beginning your day; or it may be the middle or end of your day. Anytime is the right time to lift your hands, open your mouth, and give God praise!
Read Psalm 63:1-8.