By Pastor Andrew Bawa
"And Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of David his father: only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high places. And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there; for that was the great high place: a thousand burnt offerings did Solomon offer upon that altar. In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee." - 1 Kings 3:3-5 (KJV)
Bible Reading: Hebrews 13:15-16, 1 Kings 3:12
When you make a sacrifice to God, you are offering something valuable. A sacrifice is a humbling experience. A proud man cannot make a sacrifice. A proud person cannot praise God. If you do not learn to give God the glory all the time, you are taking his place in your life.
Don't be too sophisticated to give God glory and praise. David, the psalmist calls this a sacrifice of praise because you have to sacrifice your pride to give God praise. Some are too proud to worship God or dance and lift their hands to give him praise. God resists the proud.
Solomon offered a sacrifice of a thousand and that night God repaid Him - with wisdom. When you praise God, you are giving Him the only thing He can't give Himself. You can be sure He will repay you.
Why should you praise God? Praise him for your salvation, your redemption, the gift of the Holy Ghost and the gift of life. Those are the basis of your praise. When you praise God, He will answer your prayers, bless you and give you long life, distinguish and honor you, grant you an outstanding life, give you wisdom and riches.
Praise God all the time.