Worship: Week 3 - Devotion 1
“Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” - Hebrews 13:15-16
If you check out the Old Testament very often, you have probably heard of some of the sacrifices they made to God back then. Burnt offering sacrifices were made for the forgiveness of sin. (Today we don't have to give burnt offerings because our sin was forever taken care of when Jesus died on the cross.) Another offering in the Old Testament was the peace offering, which was given in the spirit of being a friend of God.
The phrase “sacrifice of praise” in the today’s passage refers to the idea of the Old Testament peace offering.
So, what does this mean for you? The worship we give God through a sacrifice of praise means we give it as a friend of God. That meant closeness in the Old Testament. For us today it means intimacy. The idea is to pour out our praise to God in a personal and intimate way because we are His children and His friends. It is worship plus intimacy.
What do you do? As you worship God, pour out your soul to Him not as an acquaintance but as the most intimate of friends.