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.
Hebrews 13:15 AMP
I am like a child. I am constantly asking questions— “What does that mean?” “Why do I need to do that?” Especially when it comes to Scripture. It wasn’t any different as I read this passage. To find answers to my questions, I searched the Scriptures.
‘The fruit of lips’…well, what does that mean? In this verse alone it tells us that the fruit of our lips is
- a thankful acknowledgment
- a sacrifice to God
Although animal sacrifices are no longer required, we are repeatedly urged to offer another kind of sacrifice.
Offer to God the sacrifice of thanksgiving.…
Psalm 50:14 AMP
Let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving and announce His works with shouts of joy.
Psalm 107:22 HCSB
To You I shall offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and call upon the name of the Lord.
Psalm 116:17 NASB
Ok, so the fruit of our lips is 1) praise, 2) a sacrifice, 3) a way of giving thanks to the Lord. But why are we compelled (Hebrews 13:15) to do it ‘constantly and at all times’? Here are just a few of the reasons I found.
It glorifies God and pleases Him
He who brings an offering of praise and thanksgiving honors and glorifies Me;
Psalm 50:23 AMP
I will praise God’s name in song and glorify Him with thanksgiving.
This will please the Lord more than an ox, more than a bull with its horns and hooves.
Psalms 69:30-31 HCSB
(Because of) His enduring love and goodness
Let them praise the Lord for His great love and for the wonderful things He has done for them.
Psalm 107:21 NLT
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! His faithful love endures forever.
Because Jesus did
At that time Jesus said, “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth…”.
Matthew 11:25, Luke 10:21-22 HCSB
Our shared inheritance
Giving thanks to the Father, Who has qualified and made us fit to share
the portion which is the inheritance of the saints (God’s holy people) in the Light.
Colossians 1:12 AMP
But, I think my favorite reason for giving thanks is to tell others and remind myself of all He has done in my life.
O give thanks to the Lord, call on His name; make known His doings among the peoples!
1 Chronicles 16:8 AMP
O give thanks unto the Lord, call upon His name,
make known His doings among the peoples!
Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; meditate on
and talk of all His marvelous deeds and devoutly praise them.
Psalms 105:1-2 AMP
Praise Him for His mighty acts; praise Him according to the abundance of His greatness!
Praise causes me to focus on the times I have seen God’s hand at work. It keeps the memories fresh in my mind so I can reflect on His blessings in times of struggle. It reminds me how thankful I am to be a child of The King of Kings.
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Oh Lord, Oh Lord! How majestic is Your name in all the earth. I am blessed beyond measure by Your faithful love and graciousness. May I constantly and at all times offer a sacrifice of praise to You, for You are more than worthy. In Your Holy name I pray, Amen – it is so!