23 But giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors me. If you keep to my path,
I will reveal to you the salvation of God.” — Psalm 50-23 NLT
God tells us that giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors Him. We are also told to offer a continual sacrifice of praise to God, to do good and to share with those in need.
15 Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name. 16 And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God. — Hebrews 13:15, 16 NLT
We need to take time each day to praise God. It not only pleases God, but it is uplifiting to our spirits as well. Praise and thanksgiving feed the spirit and the soul. After we have read His Word and prayed, we still need to just rest in His arms and give Him glory for all that He does for us each day. Jesus loves to sing over us and He loves to hear us sing to Him.
17 For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior.
He will take delight in you with gladness.
With his love, he will calm all your fears.
He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” — Zephaniah 3:17 NLT
A part of doing good to others is encouraging them and cheering them up. Nothing can cheer us up like hearing a great song of praise. Rest and let Jesus sing you a love song.
17 ‘In the last days,’ God says, ‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy.
Your young men will see visions,
and your old men will dream dreams. — Acts 2:17 NLT
The pouring out of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost was a beginning of the fulfillment of this prophesy from Joel in the Old Testament. God contiues to pour out His Spirit on His people even today. This will continue until Jesus returns to take all of His children home. Then the Holy Spirit will be removed from the earth and satan will reign. When will this be? Only God the Father knows. If we are saved, it doesn’t really matter when it happens, we will be ready. What does matter is how we spend our time until then. When we accepted Jesus, we were saved and we are still saved. Works will not make us more saved, they are an outward sign of who we serve as Master and Lord. The works we do here are also how we earn our rewards in heaven. We are not to live as we used to live, but through the direction of the Holy Spirit and studying of God’s Word, we are to determine those things that please God and do those things only. When we see sinful things going on, we are to expose them, not participate in them. We must learn to live wisely and not as fools. We are to spend our time, not in grumbling, whining and complaining, but in joyfully serving the Lord doing everything He asks us to do wherever He has planted us. The nosies we make should be joyful and give glory to the Lord.