What a morning it has been! I dealt with an issue from our base across the country, distributed malaria medication, treated a nasty flesh eating wound that one of the children has, and ran back and forth to the latrine with diarrhea all before 8 AM. Good morning, Friday the 13th! Hahahaha. 🙂
Later this morning, as I was on the toilet – again – the Lord tickled my funny bone, and I found myself belting out the song, “We bring a sacrifice of praise into the house of the Lord!”


What kind of nut case am I?!
I wondered, laughing at myself as I sat there.
You know, in heaven, we are never going to have to deal with sickness, pain, challenging relationships, bad roads, or any of those other things that we suffer from here on earth. Our praise in heaven won’t be a sacrifice. It will be an overflow!
Here on earth, we have a unique and beautiful opportunity; we can give God praise that costs us something. King David and Mary of Bethany understood the value of sacrificial praise (Read about their gifts to God in 2 Samuel 24:24 and John 12:3), but sacrificial praise is always a choice.
It is unnatural to rejoice in the middle of sorrow – to praise God in the middle of pain – and yet, it is our privilege to bring such costly praise to our King who gave everything for us!
“…[Who] being found in human form, humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross…” (Philippians 2:8)
“…[Who] canceled the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This He set aside, nailing it to the cross…” (Colossians 2:14)
“…Who for the joy set before Him, endured the cross, despising its shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God…” (Hebrews 12:2)
“…[Who] reconciles us to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility…” (Ephesians 2:16)
“…[Who] reconciles to Himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of His cross…” (Colossians 1:22)
So, the next time you find yourself in a hard place, remember His sacrifice for you, and begin to praise Him there in that moment, despite the hardship. Your praise will ascend to Him as a sweet smelling offering, and I think He’ll surprise you with joy in His presence.
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About Jennie Joy

I'm a lover and truth-seeker. This blog is a place for me to share my thoughts, struggles, and sincere searchings as I get to know God and welcome the reality of His kingdom in and through me.

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