Ambivalent Praise Song

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A sacrifice of praise. What does that mean? It seems sometimes praising God requires a sacrifice. It’s not always easy to praise the Lord.

It is good to praise God in times of happiness when we are happy and things are going well. But what does it mean to praise God still when things are NOT going well?

When we are in pain? When we are bored? When we are tired?

That’s why it’s called a sacrifice of praise.

But don’t get me wrong, it is not through ourselves that we offer this sacrifice, but God enables us to, when we allow and ask Him….

Lyrics

Praise the Lord for His mercy, praise the Lord for His grace
Even in the times when He from me has hid His face
I am not all deserving of the many ways that He
Raises and sustains my life, which I damage recklessly

But I’ll say what the Bible teaches me to say
That no matter what I ought to praise You every day
Many times, I confess I do not feel all that sincere,
But the least of what I owe you, you will hear

Thank You, Lord, for your patience, thank You for being nice
When I don’t appreciate You, when I choose to close my eyes
When I’m lost, lonely, confused, most times I’m still able to see
You are there, somewhere, in hiding, but You’ve not abandoned me

So I’ll say what the Bible teaches me to say
That no matter what I ought to praise You every day
Many times, I confess I do not feel all that sincere,
But the least of what I owe you, you will hear

Lord forgive me for evil and resentful attitudes
When Your dealings toward me I have greatly misconstrued
I don’t know what You’re doing, barely know who You are
I lack trust and obedience, at least I have so far

But I’ll say what the Bible teaches me to say
That no matter what I ought to praise You every day
Many times, I confess I do not feel all that sincere,
But the least of what I owe you, you will hear

Thank You for Your protection all throughout my day
For Your treating me with gentleness when I’m in pain
Thank You for understanding when I lash out angrily,
In the end, I can still believe that You do care for me

So I’ll say what the Bible teaches me to say
And no matter what I’m here to praise You every day
And Your love and Your mercy helps me to be more sincere,
It’s a privilege and joy to praise You here

Related Bible Verses

Hebrews 13:15

Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.

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