Praise More than Sacrifice
I will praise God’s name with song and exalt Him with thanksgiving. That will please the LORD more than an ox, more than a bull with horns and hooves.
More than our sacrifices, God desires our praises. When we praise Him, exalt His name, and thank Him for the things He has done for us, we are relating to Him personally. We are acknowledging Him specifically and entering into relationship with Him. A sacrifice is something we present to Him to atone for sin. He has already atoned for our sin on the cross. What pleases Him now is the engagement of relationship for which Jesus has already paid the price.
As humans, we enjoy being around people that make us feel special in some way. Those people who always appreciate others and make an effort to express it are never without friends. Everyone needs to feel loved and accepted. We are created in God’s image, and He is pleased when we express our love and appreciation to Him. He loves us like no other, and we should be drawn to respond to that love in songs of praise and thanksgiving.
Take time to sing a song of praise to God today, and just thank Him for what He has done for you. While you might have pressing needs or are waiting for Him to move in some way, exalt Him through praise instead. God dwells in our praises, and you will find His presence consuming your thoughts and replacing anxiety with peace. Let Him know how much you love Him for who He is to you and not for what He can do for you. No one likes feeling taken for granted. God has already given us His very best, and everything we need now is found in Him. Make this a day truly pleasing to the LORD with your praise.
Have a blessed day!