We bring the sacrifice of praise..." It's the words to a chorus that was popular some years back, but it's based on the scripture found in Hebrews 13:15 (Amplified Bible)...
"Through Him, therefore, let us constantly and at all times, offer up to God a sacrifice of praise, which is the fruit of lips that thankfully acknowledge and confess and glorify His Name."
We were part way through praise and worship last Sunday, when God dropped a thought into my mind and heart. I remembered the many times that my husband has reiterated something he once heard, "This life is but a dressing room for eternity." With that in mind, the thought came to me that this life, is the only time we will ever truly offer to God a sacrifice of praise. Once we enter eternal life, we will no longer have to fight through the contrary thoughts of our mind, the turbulent emotions of our soul, or the attention grabbing feelings of our body, to praise Him. In that day, praise will finally be truly, completely, unhindered my our body and soul. But now, in the here and now, is our one chance to offer to Him a true sacrifice of praise...when circumstances are difficult, when the mind is easily distracted, when the emotions scream at us to give in to them, when the body is tired, or sick, or in pain...when we, in spite of these things, thankfully acknowledge and confess and glorify His Name, how sweet that must be to His ears, to His heart. And this life, here and now, in this body of flesh, is my one chance to bless Him in that way.
GOD, YOU ARE WORTHY OF MY PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING. I BLESS YOUR NAME. I GIVE YOU MY THANKS TODAY OH GOD. I LOVE YOU. YOU ARE WORTHY. YOU ARE HOLY. I AM OVERWHELMED AT THE THOUGHT OF WHO YOU ARE, AND YET YOU LOVE ME. I AM OVERWHELMED AT THE THOUGHT OF YOUR GRACE AND LOVE. THANK YOU, THANK YOU. I AM OVERWHELMINGLY, UNDESERVEDLY, BLESSED.