There will be Time, Now is a Sacrifice of Praise

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There will be Time, Now is a Sacrifice of Praise

I miss my praise band people so very much, it was actually very upsetting to me tonight, enough that I had to write, but a certain song set me straight… “Sacrifice”… a sacrifice of praise…

I miss seeing raised hands in the service, I just loved it… I miss singing my praises to our Lord, in a group, for sure I do sing in the kitchen, but I can’t justify singing without mask inside a building right now, nor justify the time away from the kids right now when we circled the wagons in the spring. Even work is urging us to not get sick, of course. Maybe I feel selfish for not singing and yet I could be considered selfish for wanting to be singing… Well, what is one to decide to do? Well, when we LET JESUS DECIDE, then it’s a no-brainer… 

We need to focus on Jesus to get peace instead of playing the ping pong game back and forth of our earthly wants.  Jesus KNOWS what we need. Jesus knows what He needs and where He needs you.

God initially, and I myself, hit the continued pause for me in praise band. I call it a Sacrifice of Praise (which is an old praise band song from my first band that I miss so much too.)… a sacrifice either way, either your time one way or another. But isn’t it better to have a sacrifice of PRAISE?

It’s a sacrifice, because I choose to opt out, as it’s my discernment that that’s probably safest and needed in these times but mostly after surveying the scene, it is what I needed in my times… and my times will change, THEY WILL. I can justify everything until the cows come home, even if I don’t have to at all… and surely the best justification is not justifying, only praising, only listening, for we don’t know the best plan, only the Lord knows… all we need is worship and praise. Discernment comes with divine direction.

Why does it become a “sacrifice of praise”? Because I praise that I have much I am able to sacrifice.  A praise also on my mind for Jesus and God’s sacrifice to guarantee our placement home.  Sometimes we are sacrificing somethings for others, sometimes we are sacrificing for peace of mind too. It’s my praise that I do have people in my life who do mean so much and I sacrifice for their sake… it’s my praise that we are called to drop our personal agendas too… it’s true that we are to praise the Lord even in the storms. Focus on Him and tears flow back in.

It’s our truth that Jesus as our focus must knock out all the other noise.

“Man looks on the outside, You look on the heart.”

It’s odd to me that I am like the least germaphobe, I eat stuff off the ground, even from my rug at work, but I feel what I feel, and so I can’t justify myself in the band mix right now… Thankfully, with Jesus my decision burden became light… I’m even a gambler, risk taker (sorry John Wesley) but my gut tells me solidly where to be…  With Jesus my “me” decision tree became “we”.

“To truly live for you, to truly seek Your Face.”

We justify with Jesus.

“Man looks on the outside

You look on the heart

That’s where my worship has to start”

A month from now is not now, and times will change. And my choices then will too… I don’t have to justify sending my daughter back to college, both because she is an adult whom I can’t prevent from making her own choices AND I won’t stop her school progress AND she moves from my bubble to hers, learning her way in the world.  I transfer much to her decision process,  but most importantly I must transfer my control to God (so hard!).  I justify also a month from now allowing my son’s wisdom teeth surgery… I may sacrifice some peace of mind then, but that same month he turns 16 and wants his driving permit. YIKES, so yes there are risks everyday… whew… Jesus take the wheel!

Well, there will be time later for my praise band time, God-willing…and if there isn’t? Well then there will be eternal praise time for the Lord,  there will be all the time not “in the world” but “out of the world” then.

“For all eternity, with every breath I take, I want my life to be,  a SACRIFICE OF PRAISE…. to You!!!”

So a sacrifice of praise it is… 

God, thanks for pulling my worries into worship and my pensiveness into praise.

There’s always time for PRAISE!

Amen

 

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Sacrifice,  Paul Baloche 

“Man looks on the outside

You look on the heart

That’s where my worship has to start

Words fall short to tell You

Yearnings that I feel…

I want to worship You for real

For real

To truly live for You

To truly seek Your face

To turn my heart towards You

A thousand times a day

For all eternity

With every breath I take

I want my life to be

A sacrifice of praise

A sacrifice of praise to You

Man looks on the outside

You look on the heart

That’s where my worship has to start

Words fall short to tell You

Yearnings that I feel…

I want to worship You for real

For real

To truly live for You

To truly seek Your face

To turn my heart towards You

A thousand times a day

For all eternity

With every breath I take

I want my life to be

A sacrifice of praise

A sacrifice of praise to You

To truly live for You

To truly seek Your face

To turn my heart towards You

A thousand times a day

For all eternity

With every breath I take

I want my life to be

A sacrifice of praise

A sacrifice of praise

A sacrifice of praise

A sacrifice of praise

A sacrifice of praise to You

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