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A Word In Season: The Sacrifice of Praise

“In these days, more than any other time in history, My children must learn the importance of the sacrifice of praise.

The sacrifice of praise is to call out to Me with hope, expectation, and rejoicing in the midst of trials & tribulation. To praise Me in the midst of suffering — that is the sacrifice.

You need to learn how to call out to me in adversity, because the days are evil and will only get darker as the end draws near.

Do you know that the word Hosanna means “Oh, save!” … The cry of Hosanna!  has become a shout of praise & celebration, but it originally meant “Save!” or “Help!’. This word was used to address a King with a need.

When My children Israel called out “Hosanna!”, waving palm branches and rejoicing as Jesus rode into town on a donkey, they unwittingly set an example of what the sacrifice of praise looks like —

It looks like crying out to Me, “Lord, save me! Help me!”… with a heart of rejoicing.

It may seem like a contradiction, and it might be counter-intuitive, but that is the kind of praise that captivates My heart. I am searching for true worshipers who would worship me no matter how much it costs them. With them My Spirit will always abide.

When you lift your hands up in the midst of trouble, when you sing a song of praise or raise up a heart of thanksgiving to Me, it brings Me such delight. It is such a lovely sight, so precious in My eyes.

When you bring to Me the sacrifice of praise, something wonderful will change in your heart. Faith will begin to arise, and you will know that you know with increasing certainty that I am coming to save you. And you will be brought to a deeper level of understanding My heart.

So the next time you sing to Me “Hosanna!” even though your heart is breaking, know that I take it into account. I note the cost with which you gave praise to Me, and I will return it back to you a good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over.

When you praise me with “Hosanna!” – “Oh, save!” – in times of trouble, know that help is on the way. My arm is not too short to save, and I am coming for you.

I love your sacrifices of praise. Close your eyes and feel My pleasure. Trust Me, honor Me, wait for Me — I will surely come and save you.”

 

Verse references:
  • John 12
  • Psalm 50:14, 15
  • Psalm 50:23
  • Psalm 107:22
  • Psalm 116:17
  • Luke 6:38
  • Holli @ It's An Ordinary BlogNovember 26, 2014 - 12:30 pm

    I love this post- it’s a great devotional topic 🙂ReplyCancel

  • HeatherNovember 26, 2014 - 12:43 pm

    Too many people only cry out to God in mere desperation and don’t have a daily prayer ritual. I agree we need to cry out in times of despair, but also go to bed each night with a thankful heart and tell God what we are thankful for.ReplyCancel

  • Saidah WashingtonNovember 26, 2014 - 9:07 pm

    Perfect timing for this message.ReplyCancel

  • AnnaNovember 26, 2014 - 9:32 pm

    Thank you for this important reminder to worship God in this way. In our modern, racing around world, I don’t think that worship even crosses our minds. Thank you for sharing this.ReplyCancel

  • AdannaNovember 26, 2014 - 10:40 pm

    I am working on my relationship with God and I am seeing him working his mighty power in my life. THanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • ClaireNovember 26, 2014 - 11:36 pm

    You are so right on with this! Thank you for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • celebbabylaundryNovember 26, 2014 - 11:46 pm

    It’s kind of sad how people who don’t pray on a daily basis yet are quick to call out God for help in times of need.ReplyCancel

  • Jenna @ A Savory FeastNovember 27, 2014 - 3:59 am

    I never really thought of praise as a sacrifice. That is such a cool way to think about it! Thanks for sharing this.ReplyCancel

  • beccaNovember 27, 2014 - 4:13 am

    What an inspiring post to have written for the holiday season. Thank you for making me smile and think.ReplyCancel

  • SummerNovember 27, 2014 - 9:01 am

    So beautiful and always so relevant. Thank you for writing this and reminding us to praise God, no matter what our circumstances may be or how we feel.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa RiosNovember 27, 2014 - 11:31 am

    Most of us seek his help only when we are in need & we forgot to praise him totally for what he has given us. Thanks for sharing this wonderful message.ReplyCancel

  • candiceNovember 27, 2014 - 6:52 pm

    Awesome! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • MaryNovember 28, 2014 - 4:55 am

    Love this post. Praise. Yes, a wonderful topic and one we all need to be reminded to keep our focus on.
    Be blessed!ReplyCancel

  • dawnNovember 28, 2014 - 10:38 am

    I love this post~ Amen!!!

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    dawnReplyCancel

  • ChrisDecember 1, 2014 - 1:24 am

    Learning it and actually doing it are two different things. It something we need to yield to Him because our body is weak but our spirit strong.ReplyCancel

  • Kristi MillerDecember 2, 2014 - 1:49 am

    I didn’t know that was what Hosanna meant. I like your Jesus Calling-esque writing style. It is powerful. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • karissaDecember 15, 2014 - 8:05 am

    What a lovely post. ReplyCancel

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