Have you heard this term from Scripture?
Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.Hebrew 13:15 NIV
In 1996 I wrote a poem about this and then revised it in 2014. I share it with you below.
Crying in Front of the Dryer ©1996, 2014 Molly Lin Dutina Praise! oh we do it most eagerly when things are going our way Praise! oh we lavish it on those who have earned our approval Praise! when we get our own way, in line with our own will and then there are times of sacrifice. The Old Testament speaks often of sacrifices, burnt offerings, grain offerings, sin, peace and trespass offerings. Believers were told to offer those willingly. The sacrifice acceptable in God’s sight is the broken spirit and broken, contrite heart.* The Holy One says He dwells with those who are contrite and humble in spirit. Today there was a sacrifice of praise offered in front of my clothes dryer with a willing heart, broken and contrite, choosing to praise God although things were not going my way or in line with my own will praise Him I did, tears running down my face and dripping off my jaw. For the first time in my life understanding of the sacrifice of praise dropped the eighteen inches from my brain to my heart and into my soul. In myriad circumstances and happenstance there is rarely a day we receive exactly what we desire. Every day we are told to sacrifice praise, give thanks, speak forth the wonders of His love and mercy. Or we might simply choose to clog our dryer with the accumulated lint of discontent, blame, disappointment. *PS 51:17