The Bible teaches of sacrifice in the Old Testament. The sacrifical rituals were taught and instructed by the priests. The sacrifices took place in order for the coming of the Messiah. Jesus Christ came to be a sacrifice for the sins of mankind. Praise is referred to as a sacrifice. Using such words like being thankful and adoration for our Lord are important.
Praising God through sacrifice is essential for a relationship with him. Words to describe this praise for him need to flow off the lips. Praise is a sweet aroma and is a byproduct of such action. Praise helps us understand that there are enemies all around. Getting up to praise God prepares the spiritual Soldier for the daily battle.
Each morning the worshiper of God must cry out to him and look to Him for strength to fight daily. It is a battle that the believer must face each and everyday. Our sacrifices of praise need to be made often. When there are times in the day when the believer is battling the Lord works like secret agent taking us out of present danger. Following Him will result in safety for that moment. Drawing close to the Lord and staying in his presence can be extremely beneficial when it comes time for survival.
With any sacrifice something must die. In the relationship with God the believer must die to themselves just like a civilian swearing into the military. It is a volunteer army still. Battle fatigue is a real thing that happens to Soldiers in war. There are warning signs that show up indicating that an individual has it. I have noticed that many times throughout my day, I get fatigued from battle. I let down my guard and then the enemy attacks. It seems it happens most when I am tired.
I die to myself and I will live.
Edwards, David M. Worship Three Sixty Five. Nashville: Broadman and Holman, 2006.