Growing in Prayer/ Holiness

When Praise Becomes a Sacrifice

Have you experienced a low time in your life when you found it difficult to praise God in your circumstances? The Bible tells us to praise Him in everything? But how? We'll show you what to do when praise becomes a sacrifice.


Have you ever struggle so much that you simply could not see the silver lining in any situation? The valley that God brought into your life seemed like it was never going to end and the stress and turmoil all around you seemed to suck out any joy left inside. Surely, the mountains above you were going to cave in on you.

There are some seasons that God decides we must go through, usually to change us from the inside out, and through it all, we are commanded to praise Him.

Praise Him? Through our struggle? Through our grief? Through our pain? Are we reading these verses correctly?

That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: 1 Peter 1:7 

 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Philippians 4:6

I think we are reading them correctly. The book of Philippians is my favorite book of the Bible. Paul is such a great example to us in this book. In this small book, we see that even though Paul was a prisoner he was singing praises to God while chained to the floor. He chose to praise the Lord even when he was in a valley. What a testimony that is! The church of Philippi was started after his miraculous departure from that prison cell after singing praises with Silas! The book all about rejoicing, joy and thanksgiving was written during one of Paul’s hardest times. Amazing.

If Paul could praise the Lord in his valley surely, we can as well. None of us are sitting in a prison cell right now. While we may face persecution in the future as our religious liberties are being slowly stripped away from us, we can still practice praising Him where we are at. Wherever that may be today. Whether life is all roses or if you are experiencing an all time low.

Sure, you say. That’s all well and good in theory. But how does one do this? While I certainly  don’t have it all together, and I have been honest with my struggle of accepting God’s will in my own difficulties (a few times!), I have learned how this simple step can be put into practice.

God knew that this would be an area that we would struggle with. I love that about the Bible! God knows us better than we know ourselves!

Have you experienced a low time in your life when you found it difficult to praise God in your circumstances? The Bible tells us to praise Him in everything? But how? We'll show you what to do when praise becomes a sacrifice.


In Hebrews, we are told that sometimes praise would be a sacrifice for us. Sometimes we aren’t going to feel like doing it. Sometimes it is going to feel impossible. Sometimes it will be one of the hardest things we may have to do in the face of tragedy. But we are still to sacrifice and do it.

By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. Hebrews 13:15 

The sacrifice of praise. 

So when it seems too hard to be thankful. Too hard to praise the Lord. Too hard to face another day in the valley. Cling to truth. Cling to the Comforter and offer the sacrifice of praise. 

Do it when it is hard. Do it when it easy. Your walk with the King will be transformed when you choose gratitude, in hard times.

Don’t beat yourself up when you fail. Don’t give up all hope. Don’t let Satan keep you down focused on your problems. 

Look to Jesus.

Praise Him.

How does this notion of offering the sacrifice of praise fit into our study on Growing in Prayer? Easy! When is the time we talk to God? When we are praying. When we are pouring out our heartache before the Lord, be sure to praise Him for it all. God may not change your circumstances right away but rest assured that He is changing your heart.

And that is what we are going for in our walk with Him.

 

Your turn! Have you experienced praise being a sacrifice in your life? What challenges did you overcome to continue praising Him despite life’s hardships? Let’s talk in the comments below!

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38 Comments

  • Reply
    Michele Morin
    February 1, 2016 at 9:50 am

    You have beautifully captured the dilemma of life on this planet. If we wait until all is well in our eyes, we will never praise Him. Thanks for the encouragement to find the good gifts of each waking moment and to praise Him now!

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      Anastasia Safee
      February 1, 2016 at 10:49 pm

      Exactly, Michele! Life is never going to be perfect.

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    Melanie Redd
    February 1, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    What a great reminder, Ana!

    I did this today! I had “Praise You in This Storm” playing as I looked up to heaven. When the part came on that said, “Though my heart is torn, I’ll praise you in this storm,” I did!

    Sure do appreciate you and your inspiring posts.
    Hope you have a blessed day~
    Melanie

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      Anastasia Safee
      February 1, 2016 at 10:50 pm

      Oh I love that!! So beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

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    Leslie
    February 1, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    Yes. You have captured what it means to bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the Lord. I wrote a similar post a few months ago and was so thrilled to read what someone else had to say on the topic: http://www.foreverjoyful.net/?p=383

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      Anastasia Safee
      February 2, 2016 at 10:28 pm

      Thanks for sharing your link! Love having other around who think the same way. 🙂

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    AnneMarie
    February 2, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    I love St. Paul’s letters!!! Your reflection is awesome 🙂 I remember once when I was in the chapel reading my Bible, that very verse from Hebrews jumped out at me-I’ve found that our praise and thanksgiving almost seems to become more full and intense when we make the effort to offer our joyful thanks to God in the roughest spots of our lives. And, so many times, intense trials end up being used by God to bring about miraculous and awesome things, which gives even more reason to praise Him! 🙂

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      Anastasia Safee
      February 2, 2016 at 10:30 pm

      I agree. There is something sweet about the growth that takes place in our lives during our hard seasons. God is faithful and worthy to be praised even when it is hard. So glad you stopped by!

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    Renee (mendedandblended.com)
    February 3, 2016 at 9:52 am

    I really enjoyed your post. Praising as well as thanksgiving are sacrifices made unto the Lord and I think we forget that concept sometimes, or some people just don’t know that that is a type of sacrifice. Thank you for your thoughts on this.

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      Anastasia Safee
      February 4, 2016 at 10:39 pm

      So glad you enjoyed it, Renee. Thanks for jumping into the conversation!

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    Sarah Koontz
    February 3, 2016 at 9:58 am

    God is so faithful, even in the midst of the storm. And our thanksgiving is a crucial part of our prayer life. Learning to thank the Lord for His goodness in spite of our circumstance is what praise is all about. We were just talking about this in our Armor of God study a few days ago. Learning to praise opens our hearts up to receive God’s blessings.

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      Anastasia Safee
      February 4, 2016 at 10:41 pm

      I love when blogs I read line up to something that I am learning in my personal Bible study. God is so good to make things like that happen for us. God is faithful – even in our storms – yes!

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    heather m.
    February 3, 2016 at 11:00 am

    YES! In the storm and in the sunshine we have but one job- praise. I love Philippians too! I love the verse that God inhabits the praises of his people (PS.22:3) So it makes the fact that we should praise him – especially in the hard times- pretty logical because it brings Him that much more near us ♥

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    Elizabeth @ Guilty Chocoholic Mama
    February 5, 2016 at 9:41 am

    I love this, Ana! You have spoken to me right where I’ve been at lately with this post. We’ve had some changes over the past couple years with worship at our church, and I was just plain offended and mad. God finally had to deal with me and ask, “Elizabeth! Will you worship me NO MATTER WHAT?” He’s also been teaching me what I tell my daughters pretty much every weary Sunday morning: we will not offer sacrifices to the Lord our God that cost us nothing, so if praise is a costly sacrifice, that is good and pleasing to the rightful Recipient of it! Thank you for affirming what God’s been teaching me…stopping by from Faith and Friends!

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      Anastasia Safee
      February 5, 2016 at 9:37 pm

      Isn’t it funny when we are reminded to practice what we preach to our children? So glad this post encouraged you!

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    Dawn
    February 5, 2016 at 9:41 am

    Ana,

    It is clear that you have a joy-filled heart and a sweet spirit, just by the way you share it here on your blog. When I have visited your words before, I have always left with a smile and a lighter heart.
    Praise is the key, isn’t it. We were created to Praise the Lord. And it is the way that we can find hope in every valley, as we settle close in His Word and let it minister to us. Though our prisons may not be the physical kind, the emotional and spiritual cells we live in are just as debilitating to our liberated living. Praise opens the prison doors and lets the Master have the keys to our hearts, which makes all the difference.
    Blessings,
    Dawn

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      Anastasia Safee
      February 5, 2016 at 9:41 pm

      Thank you so much, Dawn. I definitely needed that encouragement tonight. Yes, we were created to praise. God is worthy, even in the valleys. Thanks so much for blessing me with your kindness today.

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    Brenda
    February 5, 2016 at 10:50 am

    Well, what more is there to say, but “Amen?” Well-said, Anastasia. Thank you for sharing this morning. Happy to be your link-up buddy at Susan’s place today. ((blessings))

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    Esther Joy
    February 5, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    That song comes to mind, “The chains that seem to bind you drop powerless behind you when you praise Him!”

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    Abi
    February 5, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    Yes . . . God may not change our circumstances, but He is surely changing us. It is hard to praise in the midst of trial, yet that simple act of obedient faith makes a huge difference in perspective and purpose.

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      Anastasia Safee
      February 5, 2016 at 9:45 pm

      Yes, it sure does change our perspective and we can remain joyful through it all.

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    Valerie Murray
    February 5, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    After my mother-in-law died (she had a brain aneurysm in her sleep and my 7-year-old daughter was alone with her in the morning thinking she was asleep and trying to wake her up) I’ll never forget the first Sunday back in church when the words “there may be pain in the night but joy comes in the morning, and when the oceans rage I don’t have to be afraid because I know that you love me.” brought me to a place of praise in the midst of sorrow. No matter what, His joy comes in the morning.

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      Anastasia Safee
      February 5, 2016 at 9:47 pm

      Wow, what a beautiful story, Valerie. God is so good to comfort us in our times of need and affirm to us that He is always there with us. Your poor daughter, that makes me so sad for her. I hope she recovered from that.

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    Alison [Life of Scoop]
    February 5, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    “God may not change your circumstances right away but rest assured that He is changing your heart.” I LOVE that! Thanks for sharing this with us at 100 Happy Days! Isn’t is sweet that there always is a silver lining, even when it doesn’t feel like it? The silver lining is our own growth and maturing as a child of God.
    What a sweet post. 🙂

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      Anastasia Safee
      February 5, 2016 at 9:48 pm

      Yes, you nailed it. We are growing in our walk – and what could be sweeter than that?!

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    Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom
    February 8, 2016 at 11:47 am

    What wonderful and encouraging words!

    Yes, it is especially challenging to give praise in the challenging times but I often remind myself of the Biblical examples of this taking place! Abraham, David, JESUS — when things were tough, they praised God and trusted Him.

    Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop).

    Wishing you a lovely day.
    xoxo

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      Anastasia Safee
      February 8, 2016 at 10:36 pm

      Yes, so true. We have so many great examples in the Scriptures to look at. Thanks for hosting 🙂

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    Long Ladies
    February 8, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    Thank you for this truthful reminder!

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      Anastasia Safee
      February 8, 2016 at 10:38 pm

      You are so welcome, thanks for stopping by and sharing!

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    Dawn
    February 10, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    This is a great explanation of what it means to give a sacrifice of praise. Yes, I’ve experienced praise as a sacrifice and I know that God works through those difficult circumstances to make us more like Jesus when we are obedient to his Word.
    Thank you for linking with Grace and Truth last week!

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      Anastasia Safee
      February 11, 2016 at 1:35 pm

      It is amazing how it changes us more into His image. Thanks for stopping by from the linkup!

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    Holly Brown
    February 11, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Thank you for this encouragement and edification on the process of expressing gratitude in the midst of trials, suffering and when we feel like we have nothing to offer. Thanks for sharing this with us at the Grace & Truth link-up!

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      Anastasia Safee
      February 11, 2016 at 1:39 pm

      Thank you for you kind words today, Holly! Thanks for stopping by from the linkup!

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    Chantal
    August 28, 2016 at 11:03 am

    I thank you so much for this post as I am into own valley right now I nearly lost my mother a week ago today but our god who deserves all the glory of it saved my mum and got her off life support after only 9 hours and she also had liver and kidney failure early last week has no permanent damage of which I believe is only due to the grace of our god as the Drs still can not tell me even what happened to her I believe that when me and my support network prayed for her we asked for her highest good and best interest god healed her and decided she was better off here as he not ready for her yet so thank you god for my mothers miracle

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      Anastasia Safee
      September 8, 2016 at 7:00 pm

      What an incredible story, Chantal. God is so good to answer your prayer! What a miracle! Soak up all your time with your mom while you have her. 🙂

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