Sacrifice of Praise

 

Psalm 118:24 This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it, (KJV).

 

Philippians 4:4  May you always be joyful in your union with the Lord. I say it again: rejoice!

Php 4:5  Show a gentle attitude toward everyone. The Lord is coming soon.

Php 4:6  Don’t worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking him with a thankful heart.

Php 4:7  And God’s peace, which is far beyond human understanding, will keep your hearts and minds safe in union with Christ Jesus.

Php 4:8  In conclusion, my friends, fill your minds with those things that are good and that deserve praise: things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and honorable.

Php 4:9  Put into practice what you learned and received from me, both from my words and from my actions. And the God who gives us peace will be with you, (GNB).

 

I am choosing to praise God today after hearing some bad news. A lady that mentored me a little, with a love for God and for her husband and for her family and for her friends had two brain surgeries. The first seemed to go well and then lately they decided something was wrong and so they went in again. Last night my husband told me she was in Palliative care and not expected to live. I prayed for her and midway through I got the distinct impression that her time here on earth was over.

So, I prayed more in case I was mistaken. I prayed more for us than for her. Heaven is a wonderful place from what I’ve read in the Scriptures. There are more warnings about hell than there are descriptions about heaven in the Word of God. I’m thinking if God put too much about heaven in there, we may get so homesick we could hardly function down here. He wants us to be joyful even in the midst of hard times.

 

Jer_33:11  The voice of joy, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the voice of them that shall say, Praise the LORD of hosts: for the LORD is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: and of them that shall bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the LORD. For I will cause to return the captivity of the land, as at the first, saith the LORD, (KJV).

 

Jeremiah was a prophet to Israel warning them of the upcoming takeover of their land and their people by the Babylonians. They didn’t believe him and they persecuted him. In the years to come, he turned out to have preached the true Word of God. Israel got punished for turning to the gods of the other nations that practiced things that God hated: Offering their babies to a false god by putting them through the fire, enjoying the temple prostitutes of these other faiths, and telling God they would release their Israeli slaves and soon after putting them back into slavery, etc.

The verse of Jeremiah 33:11 tells the Israelites that they will be returned to their homeland. My husband is teaching the book of Daniel on Sunday mornings. Daniel prayed near the end of the seventieth year of their captivity because it was prophesied that they would return after seventy years. Daniel prayed humbly and beautifully to remind God of His promise. Indeed, God rose up a king that wanted to bless the Israelites and help them be restored to their land, as Jeremiah had said.

Our God is a God of justice and a God of hope. Those who may think God is too kind to punish someone have not taken the time to read the whole Bible. He rewards those who obey Him and love Him; He punishes those who disregard the sacrifice of His Son for our sins and live selfish lives.

I’m so glad my friend knew Jesus, God the Son. I plan on seeing her again.

Be blessed.

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