Praise is God’s food

A-bailar-que-se-acaba-el-verano-e1328833434273Numbers 28:1: Command the children of Israel, and say unto them, My oblation, my food for my offerings made by fire, of a sweet savor unto me, shall ye observe to offer unto me in their due season.

All right that is the Old Testament and we are not expected now to take rams, goats to offer to God, since with one sacrifice of himself, Jesus put an end to the killing of animals as a means of relationship with God for all time (Hebrews 5, 7-8). His sacrifice was the full stop to the order of the Levitical priesthood, having taken up the priesthood in the order of Melchizedek. And God is the one who saw to it that the order of priesthood (means of reaching him) changed.

The writer of the book of Hebrews was right to say that Jesus according to the flesh being from the tribe Judah does not have the natural right to the priesthood, according to the old order. But Jesus citing precedence from the life of David disclosed that for some people the law can be bent and it was bent for Jesus (Matthew 12:1-8).

Jesus’ disciples were accused for breaking the law of the Sabbath, but Jesus showed them that David also ate shewbread, which was not lawful to be eaten by him or those who are with him but only by priests.  The rule was bent for David so that himself and those who are with him “became priests” momentarily, because they were allowed to eat the shewbread.

If the  rule  was bent for David that he ate the shewbread,  surely it is a cheap thing for the one with the  title of the son of David, who also doubles as the son of God to,  by the a divine logic, also assume the  role of our high priest according to the order of Melchizedek. He became a priest in that order based on an oath God made, which is a better arrangement because Melchizedek is greater even than Abraham, and he also has a better sacrifice, his own blood, which he does not offer repeatedly but once and for all, satisfying the divine demand forever.

The sacrifice (from the focus verse) was actually meant to have effect on God, cause him to have mood change. An example is the sacrifice of Noah after the flood destroyed the world (Genesis 8:20-22, 9:8-17). The bible revealed that his sacrifice was a sweet smelling savour for God and caused Him to declare that never again would he destroy the world through the means of water, signifying that intention with the rainbow. Noah caused mood change in God. He was pacified; and declared a blessing on the earth.

Also the sacrifice of Solomon caused God to give him a blank check for him to take to task His unlimited power, he asked for wisdom and understanding and the rest as they say is history (2Chronicles 1:3-13).

In a way, it is as if God “ate” the sacrifice and after he was pleased he decided to send a blessing in the direction of the earth.

When Isaac finished eating the food that Jacob had prepared, he released a blessing upon him. It therefore seems just logical that praise is God’s food (Genesis 27:1-30).

In the book of psalms we read: let the people praise you and the earth will yield its increase (Psalm 67), God inhabits the praises of his people (Psalm 22:3). Praise causes God to respond with blessings.

In the focus verse, God called sacrifice his food. Such (animal sacrifices) does not exist now, what is called sacrifice in the New Testament are three things: our bodies (Roman 12:1), the fruit of our lips (thanksgiving) (Hebrews 13:15), and offering of money (Philippians 4:18). It is therefore very clear that to God, words that come out of our mouth in praise, thanksgiving, are very important to him.

Praise is an indication of devotion, and that is a sweet smelling sacrifice to God. Praise is God-directed, it is the flow of the heart in the direction of God, and it is a spiritual exercise.  Jesus revealed that God seeks hose who will worship him (connect with him recognising his supremacy) in spirit and in truth (John 4:23). Praise not only expresses our spiritual essence in words, it also an expression of God’s truth.

Therefore in the songs we use to offer praise, we need to be particular that they express truth.  That they don’t just have emotional content but that they have truth content. From the rising of the sun to the going down of the same, the bible says that the Lord’s name shall be praised (Psalm 133:1-6). His name stands for his identity, the truth about Him.

Paul and Silas expressed praise to God in the prison and God responded with favour on them causing deliverance to happen for them (Acts 16:24-28). In that difficulty they were able to perceive the greatness of God and they expressed the same publicly, and their experience changed by God stretching his hand to them because they stretched their hands to him in praise.

Anyone who cannot publicly express praise to God is full of pride. David said: I will enter his gates with thanksgiving in my heart and his courts with praise (Psalm 100). If we are averred to praising God, then we are disqualified from having any relationship with God whatsoever.

Melody is usually involved in the praise of God (Ephesians 5:17-20); it makes the praise of God beautiful (Psalm 66:1-9), in form of singing. Paul when talking about speaking in tongues says that we can sing in tongues i.e. sing in the spirit (1Corinthians 14:15, 2, 4). Now those of you who have a problem with ordinary speaking in tongues, how does singing in tongues sound to you, is it not madness taken to extra mile?

That is what God wants- for us to go the extra mile, get a little mad in his praise, singing with the spirit. In singing in the spirit, our mind is without understanding of what we are singing, since we sing mysteries to God in the spirit. In that exercise our spirit is engaged in full gear in the activity of praise, though we don’t even know what we are singing, but by faith we do it. We exalt the name of the Lord in the spirit.

Why don’t you take a minute now to sing in the spirit, it will be such a refreshing experience, because when stuffs go up to God from a heart of thanksgiving and praise then something comes from God; you are able to get in the flow of divine inspiration.

That was what happened to Elisha (2Kings 3:11-26). When he was in need of some inspiration, he asked for a man to come and make music and that caused something to come from God to him; and from the Lord came the flow of divine inspiration, and he spoke a word and it came to pass.

When evil spirit came to torment Saul he was advised to get an anointed musician, so that when music goes up to God, relief comes down to Saul (1Samuel 16:13-23).

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