Leviticus 7: The Sacrifice of Praise
Everything we have been talking about so far has been a sacrifice to account for some sin. However, we have just come across a different type of sacrifice in Leviticus 7.
Lev 7:11 And this is the law of the sacrifice of peace offerings, which he shall offer unto the LORD.
Lev 7:12 If he offer it for a thanksgiving, then he shall offer with the sacrifice of thanksgiving unleavened cakes mingled with oil, and unleavened wafers anointed with oil, and cakes mingled with oil, of fine flour, fried.
There is a legitimate sacrifice of thanksgiving. If people wanted to give thanks to God for all the things that He had done, they had a more formal opportunity to do that.
This is obviously very important than. Praise needs to be an important part of our lives as well.
Psa 34:1 A Psalm of David, when he changed his behaviour before Abimelech; who drove him away, and he departed. I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
Psa 84:4 Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah.
Both of these verses are pretty self-explanatory. David said that he was praising God at all times. As we know, David was also labeled as a man after God’s own heart. While he definitely struggled at times and was still a human, this is one feature of his character that we should try to emulate.
In Psalm 84, we find out that because people live in the house of God or are followers of Him, they will be praising. It seems as if praise should be a consequence of our relationship with God.
So, I think that the application here is rather direct. Praise is a very important part of our Christian life because of all the things we have that we don’t deserve. God is good to us, and we need to thank Him.