Large and In Charge!

For some strange reason the blog I had planned to post today, has vanished into thin air. As I am running out the house I remember, “Hey, it’s Tuesday!I have to post.” I go looking all around for it in my computer and nothing. So you are getting a spur of the moment Tuesday post for your viewing pleasures. Today while I was driving in the car. I thought about a lot of things, but mainly this morning I though about praise, specifically the sacrifice of praise. Hebrew 13:15 reads “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise–the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.” Now I don’t know about you but this confused the mess out of me when I first read it. But when I think about what was going on at the time, praise didn’t really cost me anything. When I first encountered this scripture life was rainbows and bubble gum in my head. I trusted God but just in theory, I never had to rely on that trust (Side Note: I was silly to think that) But as I grew with the Lord and realized that in all things I must trust and rely on him and do it intentional, I started understanding what that sacrifice was. I understood  it best one Sunday a couple of months ago as I was driving to church. I was balling I mean none  stop rain showers (Other Side note: I am in the season of Tears)  I had been sad during that week I felt like I was making all the wrong choices in life, I felt completely defeated.  Half way through my tears, my Spirit Man started shaking me I cried out “Jesus”. Repeating over and over Jesus, Jesus, Jesus then a song came on the radio, “There is power in the name of Jesus.” I cried even more and shouted Jesus even more. By time I got to church I felt calmer, still sad but fuller, I felt complete and light. I knew at that moment what the sacrifice of praise was. We don’t always feel like giving praise to God in our situations sometimes in our mind our God is small and the problem is HUGE. But that is never the cast EVER! The God I serve is Large and in charge and sometimes I have to praise him, especially when praising is the last thing I want to do. But that is when praise is more then praise that is when it is a sacrifice and a beautiful one at that!

 

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