Towdah – Praise

Screen shot 2009-09-02 at 9.20.11 AMPsalm 50:23 Whoever offers praise glorifies Me; And to him who orders [his] conduct [aright] I will show the salvation of God.

Whoever offers “Towdah” glorifies God. Before knowing the Hebrew translation the word “offer” gives us a little clue into the meaning. In the Old Testament they offered up a sacrifice to the Lord.

This word for praise is translated in Jeremiah 33:11 as the “sacrifice of praise.” The author of Hebrews challenges us to offer up a “sacrifice of praise” in Hebrews 13:15.

The true heart behind one of David’s sacrifices to God was being threatened. He desired to make a sacrifice and offered to purchase the land upon which to offer it upon. But the own wanted to give it to him as well as the animal for the sacrifice. But, for David that would not be a sacrifice. Here was his response to the landowner:

Then the king said to Araunah, “No, but I will surely buy [it] from you for a price; nor will I offer burnt offerings to the LORD my God with that which costs me nothing.” So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver. 2 Samuel 24:24

In Psalm 34:1 David said that he WILL bless the Lord at all times. It is whether you feel like it or not. Does your praise to the Lord cost you anything?

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