We sometimes sing the little chorus “We Bring the Sacrifice of Praise.” I was thinking that was a scriptural phrase taken from the Psalms but when I researched the word “praise” in my Strong’s concordance there were so many references to praise that I couldn’t find it. Peter in his first letter reminds us that we are to bring “spiritual sacrifices” to God. We read “Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ”, (2:4-5 NKJ). We are not to offer blood sacrifice or sin offerings but we are to bring “spiritual sacrifices.”
So the question must be asked, then what are “spiritual sacrifices”? Well, first of all I think our giving is a spiritual sacrifice. Our financial giving is a spiritual sacrifice because it is a reflection of the value we give to spiritual priorities. Intercession is a second spiritual sacrifice. Remember God has called us to be a “royal priesthood.” That is each and every one of us. Priests have the privilege and responsibility of pleading with God on behalf of man and petitioning man on behalf of God. We are to be mediators of the two great gifts God has given through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, that is grace and truth. We are also to bring our broken and contrite hands as a spiritual sacrifice to God. We are not to allow our hearts to grow cold or callous to the amazing truth of God’s love and God’s intervention into humanity through the Lord Jesus Christ.
Finally, (and this is not an exhaustive list) we are to bring the spiritual sacrifice of praise to our great Savior. This theme of praise to the Lord is repeated over and over throughout the Scriptures. In the 147th Psalm the psalmist writes “Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant and praise is beautiful (v.1 NKJ). Another example is clearly seen in Psalm 148:
What an incredible privilege we have of offering to our God “spiritual sacrifices.” Because of Jesus shed His own blood all of the Old Testament sacrificial system has been fulfilled and abolished. But we still have the sacrifice of praise to bring before our great Savior for all He has done. Praise the Lord for His great love and care.
All for Christ,
Pastor Rich Sivo