Wednesday, August 16th, 2017
True praises and thanksgiving to GOD are the times our expectations and miracles are not met and answered, but you have to still give thanks. Painful thanksgiving.
Schools have closed. We have been fasting and praying yet our children did not make it to top of the class, you had so much faith in 2017 yet it’s now August and yet that job you have been praying for hasn’t come, that house hasn’t materialise, that pregnancy is not there yet. You have been watching with others at 1am to 2 am yet that husband is still coming late, drinking or sleeping out.
I would like to share this piece I found…
*Get up this morning and praise God*
*Heb 13vs15*… lets give God a sacrifice of praise no matter the circumstance.
Then there are those times when God did not come through the way we thought He would. The medical test comes back positive. The spouse wants a divorce. A child is wayward. The mortgage company calls in the loan. God seems very far away, and praise is the last thing to bubble up from our hearts. We can’t see His goodness, and circumstances scream that He has forgotten us.
To praise God in those times requires personal sacrifice. It takes an act of the will to lay our all on the altar before a God we don’t understand. When we bring a “sacrifice of praise,” we choose to believe that, even though life is not going as we think it should, God is still good and can be trusted *(Psalm 135:2; Nahum 1:7).* When we choose to praise God in spite of the storms, He is honored, and our faith grows deeper *(Malachi 3:13-17; Job 13:15).*
The command in *Hebrews 13:15* says that this sacrifice is to be offered “continually.” Our praise of God is not to be based on our opinion of His job performance. Praise cannot be treated as a “reward” we give God for His obvious blessings. *Isaiah 29:13* says, “These people come near to me with their mouth and honour me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” Real praise continues regardless of circumstances. It flows continually from a worshiping heart in good times and bad *(Acts 16:23-25).*
The “sacrifice of praise” comes from a humble heart that has been purified by fire. It rises from a spirit that has chosen to honour God in spite of the pain that life is causing. *Psalm 51:16-17* expresses this idea best when it says, “You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.”
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