In the Old Testament, Israelite men were required to go up to Jerusalem three times each year to worship God at the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Feast of Harvest and the Feast of Ingathering (Exodus 23:14-19). Why? Because it was a way of keeping hope alive; a way of keeping their relationship with God fresh and current. They would offer sacrifices, worship and take renewed inspiration back to their families and clans.
Under the New Covenant, we no longer offer animal sacrifices at the temple in Jerusalem. Instead, we offer a different kind of sacrifice – “the sacrifice of praise to God” (Hebrews 13:15). And not just three times a year but many times each day. The sacrifice of praise is to be “the fruit of our lips giving thanks” continually. By giving thanks to God continually it keeps hope alive and inspires a dynamic relationship with Him. As we express our gratitude to God for His blessings of provision and protection in our life, we never lose sight of Him as our hope in all things.
What can you thank God for on this day? David Martyn Lloyd-Jones said, “The measure of our spirituality is the amount of praise and of thanksgiving in our prayer.” Be encouraged on this Lord’s Day to make the sacrifice of praise a continual practice in your life as you remember that God is your hope in all things.