Though I love the, “by faith…” section of scripture in chapter 11 of Hebrews, there’s something that stood out to me more today in this scripture reading. As I was finishing the book of Hebrews and getting ready to start reading in James, I came across these words in Hebrews 13:15-16.
Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise – the fruit of lips that confess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
As a singer I have sung, “…we bring the sacrifice of praise…” dozens of times before. But how cool is it that the writer here refers not to good singing or amazing worship services as a sacrifice of “praise.” He says that the sacrifice of praise is, “the fruit of lips that confess his name.” In addition to confessing Christ as Lord, sacrifice also involves giving to and helping others. What a great image to consider. Maybe that was on Matt Redman’s heart when he wrote the words, “…I’ll bring you more than a song, for a song in it self is not what you desire…” May our hearts not only cry out to the Lord in beautiful song and in magnificent worship services, but may they be broken and full of confession to Christ our Lord. And may we pour out our lives onto others as an act of worship and sacrifice.