This past week, I was listening to a sermon when I heard a statement that caught my attention. The man of God said, “an offering of praise.”

I don’t know why but this statement won’t leave me. I have meditated several times on the act of a praise offering. In this I mean, to give God an offering, not for something, not sowing a seed for a particular thing – but simply giving to Him to say “thank you for all you do for me, I give praise for YOU. I give praise for Jesus and the Holy Spirit with this offering.”

In the Word of God, there were various offerings that must be given at different times of the year, but there was one offering that was different. Exodus 35:29 says, “All the men and women, the people of Israel, whose heart moved them to bring anything for the work that the Lord had commanded by Moses to be done brought it as a freewill offering to the Lord.”

As it says, whoever’s heart is moved, can bring anything they want before the Lord, specifically for the work of the Lord. This week, as I heard this statement, my heart was moved to give an offering of praise to my God.

The Word of God says God will bless those who make such a pleasing sacrifice to Him, because it is “a pleasing aroma to the Lord” (Num 15:3) out of a generous spirit and with no other motives. My offering was given with a generous spirit and no other motive other than to give God praise. Therefore, it is my hope it was a pleasing aroma to the Lord.

I love what David wrote in the Psalms, “With a freewill offering I will sacrifice to you; I will give thanks to your name, O Lord, for it is good” (Psalm 54:6), and later he prays to God, “Accept my freewill offerings of praise, O Lord, and teach me your rules” (Psalm 119:108).

Psalm 119:108 in the Passion Translation says it this way; Lord, receive my grateful thanks and teach me more of how to please you.

I know we all sow seeds for different things, I do it myself every single week. But this month, let’s give an offering of praise and thanksgiving to God.

I love the gifts I receive for my birthday or for Christmas – but aren’t the unexpected ones that we receive…just because someone is thinking of us so very precious? I have been given things at times in my life when it wasn’t for a holiday but just because someone loved me and wanted to bless me. Those gifts are different somehow. They touch my heart in a different way. Sure, our tithe and our offering touch the heart of God. But imagine how He feels when we give an offering just to say I LOVE YOU and I AM SO THANKFUL YOU SAVED ME. I would imagine those hold a special place to Him – a wonderful aroma.

Let’s offer up to Him an offering that will be a pleasing aroma to the Lord, out of a generous spirit and no other motive…only to praise Him for all He is in our life, for all He has already given us…for that my friend, is much.

Father, today, we give You praise. We thank You for all You are in our lives, for who we are in You. We praise you for Jesus and for the Holy Spirit. You are a good and awesome God; we give You praise. Amen.