There Must Be Some Rent to Pay

let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name. – Hebrews 13:15

We occupy a house which is evidently not our own and therefore there must be some rent to pay. What is it? The rent that God asks of His tenants is that they should praise Him as long as they live. “Oh!” say you, “that is but little.” I grant you that it is. It is but a peppercorn, a mere acknowledgment, but yet there are millions who never pay even that. They offer the Lord no thanks, no love, no service. For the benefits they receive, they make no return, or rather, they make an evil recompense. The breath that He gives them is never turned to song. The food they eat is not sanctified with gratitude. The goods that He bestows are not tithed, nor are the first fruits of their increase offered to the Lord. Their hearts do not love Him. Their faith does not trust in His dear Son—their lips do not speak of Him and magnify His glorious name. This is most unrighteous and ungenerous. For us to praise God is not a costly or painful business. The heart that praises God finds a sweet return in the exercise itself. In heaven, it is the heaven of perfect spirits to praise the Lord. And on earth, we are nearest heaven when we are fullest of the praises of JEHOVAH. But how ungrateful are those who are tenants in God’s house and yet refuse the little tribute which He asks of them! ~ C.H. Spurgeon


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