Day 225: Sacrifice (Psalm 96-98; Romans 12)

In today’s reading, we see the Psalmist portraying God’s splendor and majesty with such fervor and passion – the writing itself truly is an act of worship. He also continues to say that we are to “declare His glory among the nations” (Ps. 96:3 ESV) and we are to “worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness” (v. 9). Although we are reading David’s words and taking heed of his instructions, what exactly does a life of worship look like?

In the second half of today’s reading, we come across a verse in Romans 12 that as Christians, we are to present our “bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God,” which is “our spiritual worship” (v. 1). Our lives and daily sacrifices are forms of worship.

Whether it’s a sacrifice of our time while we listen to a friend over coffee instead of making every excuse not to. It could be sacrifice of our money when we give to those in need rather than buying ourselves a new pair of shoes. We also present ourselves as living sacrifices when we simply spend time with God, read His word, and invest in our relationship with Him instead of choosing the passing pleasures of this world.

These are acts of worship, holy and acceptable to God. According to verses 13 and 16, we must seek to show hospitality, live in harmony with one another, and associate with the lowly. These are few of the many marks of a Christian. All that coincide with being a living sacrifice for the glory of God – a true act of spiritual worship.

What are ways you can present yourself as a living sacrifice to God?

How can you worship Him with your life today?

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