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One of the most beautiful, painful, passionate things you can (and should) do in praise and worship is sacrifice. Since Jesus Christ laid down His life once for all, God no longer requires a living sacrifice. However, He does ask for it and, more importantly, He blesses it.
You are the living sacrifice that is a beautiful and fragrant incense before the throne of the Lord. “…present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy, and acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service of worship,” Paul writes in Romans 12:1.
Towdah praise is related in its roots to yadah and the lifting of the hands in thanksgiving, but with an additional layer of complexity and depth: sacrifice. In fact, towdah is most frequently translated as a “sacrifice of thanksgiving” (Psalm 107:21-22).
In Psalm 50:14 the Lord says, "Make towdah your sacrifice to God…” Further, in Psalm 50:23, He says, "Whoever offers towdah glorifies Me..." and, in Psalm 100:4, "Enter into His gates with towdah."
What is a sacrifice for you? That is between you and the Lord. Raising your hands, singing, clapping, kneeling, dancing—you won’t always feel like bringing a sacrifice of yourself to the Lord in your worship, but that’s a good thing! If your inhibitions are in the way, sacrifice them in towdah praise, and God is glorified in you and through you.
Total towdah invites His total presence.
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