Hebrews 13:15 (KJV)
Therefore, by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.
What is sacrifice?
Sacrifice is giving something that you value to someone else. You may sacrifice some of your time to help others; you may sacrifice your seat so that someone else may sit down.
In a Biblical context from the Old Testament, sacrifice was thought as giving an offering to God. There were many laws concerning the giving of sacrifices to God. There were the sin offerings, burnt offerings, peace offerings and so on. The sacrifices could be an animal or a dove, or there were meal offerings.
But there are things that God considers more important than these sacrificial things. What then are the things that God considers more important than the sacrifice of an animal? It is an obedient and a merciful heart, a broken spirit and a contrite heart. A heart that loves God with all understanding is more important.
But why does Paul call this praise offering as a sacrifice? Praise is often spontaneous. The fact that it is called the sacrifice of praise may indicate that you may not feel like praising Him all situations or circumstances.
Yes, God has just done so many marvellous things for us, and the praise rises spontaneously from our hearts. Sometimes our circumstances are not conducive to praise. This is when praise is a sacrifice. Praise at this point is an exercise of faith. In such situation continue to Praise God in faith knowing what the Bible tells us that- all things work together for the good to those who love God and are called according to His purposes. We are told to give thanks in everything for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning us. How often do you just stop and praise the Lord for His goodness, and His mercy?
Tell God today that, Lord, no matter what circumstances I am in today, I will praise You and let my praise rise as an offering to You.