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Fill Your Mouth with What?

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On a Christian television program, I heard one of the speaker’s say, “When you first get out of bed, give thanks to the Lord, and then go on to give Him praise.”

Isn’t that’s a good suggestion? “What? Giving thanks and praise that early in the morning doesn’t stir my feelings or my desire,” you might moan. It’s then that you give your self a sacrifice talk like I have had to do many times. The talk goes like this: “I bring my body and mind under the command of Jesus, and I choose to praise Him. I will thank Him and praise Him even when I don’t feel like it.”

Giving thanks requires a sacrifice. In the Old Testament, giving thanks to God required a literal sacrifice; this was a certain kind of yeast cake, or an animal (Leviticus 7:12 NIV). A New Testament writer put it this way, “Through Jesus therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise–the fruit of our lips that confess his name” (Hebrews 13:15 NIV). To God, the fruit of our lips is like the aroma of an Old Testament offering, a sweet smelling fragrance.

I heard a woman share her death to life story. At her death she was propelled into the glorious presence of God in heaven; she was then sent back to earth to share God’s message. She had been so overwhelmed with her spiritual encounter and His glory that now, before she even leaves her bed, she offers thanks and praise to God.

Giving thanks and praise to God when you first arise is just the beginning for the believer. The fruit of our lips and acts of worship can continue throughout the day as a sweet aroma. One of the Psalms says, “My mouth is filled with your praise, declaring your splendor all day long” (Psalm 71:8 NIV).

Here are ways your daily sweet aroma to God can be expressed: instead of texting while traveling to work, hum or sing, or, rejoice in your inner being as you think on the positive and beneficial blessings of God’s goodness to you. Such praise and gratitude can result in God imparting a calmer spirit for the day, a less frazzled outlook, joyfulness, peace, and more than you could ever imagine. When praise radiates from you it touches anyone nearby.

Don’t limit your acts of worship because God highly values your sweet aroma of thankfulness, praise, and connection to Him. So make a practice of filling your mouth and your life everyday with praise and reap the benefits that are worth more than gold.

Florence Simmons writes to glorify God and to help believers know Christ. Contact her write4hym@hotmail.com, www.common-sensewisdom.com