15Through 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.
God showed me something this past Sunday as I was worshiping. My thoughts distracted me as I pushed to enter into His presence. I was mentally thinking about my guests (first-time visitors) and how they would perceive the building, the service, etc. I was thinking about the chains that the enemy has people bound in as I looked around the room and noticed that many could not raise their hands in praise and worship. I was observing people and allowing my thoughts to wander about in the natural happenings in the sanctuary. I had to press in. So I closed my eyes and purposed to decrease so that He would increase. I wanted the soil of my heart ready to receive good seed. And He spoke quietly to me about the “sacrifice of praise” while worshiping Him.
Forget about the other people, what you are having for lunch today, what so-and-so said to you, your finances, your physical body, everything,, including what your guests will think. Sacrifice all those thoughts to Me. Enter into a praise of Me where you have sacrificed all of you, your circumstances, others all your thoughts about self and laid them at the foot of the Cross. Then, worship Me.
That’s the sacrifice of praise. Oh, that the Bride of Christ will enter into such an intimate place where only She can go. Let us not be distracted by outside thoughts when we are in the bed chamber with our Husband.