Continuous Praise

“Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name. And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” (Hebrews 13:15-16)

I wrote about victorious praise and glorious praise. Today I continue with the “-ous” theme on praise. But I’ll make this one short and simple.

The word “continually” in Hebrews 13:15 is diapantos, which refers to “the continuous unbroken permanence of a characteristic habit.” Basically this means we should never stop for one second to offer praise to God. I like it that it says that it’s not just our lips, but also when doing good, it is our praise to God.

Jesus comes from the genealogy of the Judah tribe. The word “Judah” means “praise,” so people of the Judah tribe are literally “people of praise.” Some suggest that God is so pleased with “Judah” as “praise” that He chose the tribe to be the ancestral tree of Jesus Christ. Likewise, if we need to characteristically and continually praise God and please God, we need to think of ourselves and our names as “people of praise” at all times, and to live up to that namesake.

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