"Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name." (Hebrews 13:15)
So many people I know are going through some sort of struggle right now - physically, financially, emotionally, or spiritually. It is definitely not an easy life here in this world. But, according to the verse above, we are to CONTINUALLY offer up a sacrifice of praise to God. So, that means, no matter what situation we are in, we should praise God for who He is and for what He is doing in and through us.
What is a sacrifice? To selflessly give up something that is precious. So, praising God is something we may or may not really want to do, depending on our circumstances; but, in doing so, we are selflessly giving Him the GIFT of our praise. It is a choice we make. We must CHOOSE to give it to Him. And, at the same time, it also helps to release us from a load of anxiety, because we are focusing on God instead of ourselves at that point. We are focusing on what is really important.
Most of you have probably already heard a song by Casting Crowns called “Praise You in the Storm.” It is an incredible song about how we can still praise God in the midst of our struggles. Click on the box below to hear the song: