Have you ever been driving through the neighborhood, or stepped outside and the aromatic smell of food cooking on a grill gently floats into your nostrils? How many times have you caught that sweet-smelling aroma and said, “Mmmmmm, someone is grilling?” Hold that tought…
Now, consider this…Praise is so powerful! Sometimes if we aren’t careful, we can turn it into a ‘spiritual gimmick’ with phrases like, “When praises go up, then blessings come down”, “Get your praise on, ” or “Praise your way out!” I’m not saying these phrases are wrong, but praise, like anything else that pertains to God needs to always be handle with reverence.
The bible tells us that praise is beautiful.
Psalm 147 (NKJV)
147 Praise[a] the Lord!
For it is good to sing praises to our God;
For it is pleasant, and praise is beautiful.
But, look at this. The bible also tells us that praise is a sacrifice.
Hebrews 13:15-16 (NKJV)
15 Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, [a]giving thanks to His name. 16 But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
Praise is a sacrifice because we don’t always FEEL LIKE praising God, but it’s always appropriate to do so. That’s what makes it a sacrifice.
The apostle Paul even referred to the one-time sacrifice of our Lord and Savior Yeshua as a SWEET-SMELLING AROMA.
Ephesians 5:2 (NKJV)
2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.
The bible many times referred to the SMOKE produced by animal sacrifices as a SWEET-SMELLING AROMA: Leviticus 1:9, Leviticus 1:13, Leviticus 3:5, Leviticus 26: 31, Exodus 29:18.
Since Jesus offered Himself as a one-time sacrifice, we no longer need to offer up animal sacrifices, but we are expected to offer up the sacrifice of our praise.
When we do this with a sincere heart, our praise, as the apostle Paul so eloquently stated, is like an SWEET SMELLING AROMA in the nostrils of God.
So, it we don’t use praise as a means to ‘manipulate’ God to shower us with blessings, and with a sincere heart, offer up our praise as an intimate (or corporate) moment of worship, it will rise up to Him as a SWEET-SMELLING AROMA.
Make God sniff and say, “Mmmmm, someone is grilling!”