Devotional: The Way Out is Up
“Sacriﬁce thank offerings to God, fulﬁl your vows to the Most High, and call upon me in the day of trouble;
I will deliver you, and you will honour me.”
Here is the divine way out of trouble. Just now you may be in the midst of it. Everything is going against you, and you cannot see any way out. But listen to what the psalmist says: The way out is up—to God. “Sacriﬁce thank offerings . . .” That sounds senseless, but try it anyway!
In the midst of all your problems, stop worrying and start thanking God. Lift your voice to God—not in complaining, but in praise. Offer Him a sacriﬁce of thanksgiving. A sacriﬁce always costs you something. To start thanking God in such a situation goes against the grain. But it is as acriﬁce that pleases God. In return, God promises: “When you offer Me your sacriﬁce of thankfulness in the midst of all the trouble, then I will intervene on your behalf. I will deliver you and you will honour Me.”
In the last verse of the psalm God returns to this theme.H e says: “He who sacriﬁces thank offerings honours me, and he prepares the way so that I may show him the salvation of God.” God is waiting to deliver you. But He requires you to prepare the way for Him to intervene in your situation. This you do when you begin to sacriﬁce your thank offerings to Him.
In Philippi, Paul and Silas were in the “maximum security” section of the jail. Their feet were fastened in the stocks, their backs bleeding from a savage beating. Nevertheless, at midnight—the darkest hour—they were praying and singing hymns. Suddenly God intervened with an earthquake. They were instantly released and the jailer converted (Acts 16:22–34). It was their sacriﬁce of praise that had prepared the way for God’s intervention.
Right now, Lord, in the midst of my trouble, I offer to You my sacriﬁces of praise and thankfulness.
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