Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Rescued to Render - Psalm 116 (part 4)

"What shall I render to the LORD
for all His benefits toward me?
I shall lift up the cup of salvation,
and call upon the name of the LORD."
(Psalm 116:12-13)

David has given numerous reasons for loving His LORD. God has bowed down and heard his prayers. God has saved his life from death and the Sheol. God has proved Himself to be gracious and righteous and compassionate. God has lifted him up when he was brought low. God has dealt bountifully with him and rescued him from tears and stumbling.

God has done much what shall we do in response?

Verses 12-13 tell us. "What shall I render to the LORD for all His benefits toward me? I shall lift up the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the LORD." What does God desire from us? Praise and prayer! That's it!!

There is NOTHING we could ever do that would even come close to repaying God for all that He has done for us - NOTHING. He needs nothing! He has everything! What could we give? Nothing. What ought we give Him? Our earnest and honest worship and devotion. We simply react to His acts!

He has done EVERYTHING for us and there is nothing that we can do to repay Him. There is nothing we can do to earn any greater love or favor or acceptance.

Our praise and our prayers are simply a thank offering for what He has done and an acknowledgement of what He has promised He will do. We have been rescued to render a response of praise and prayer. Our worship of God is a grand and glorious reaction to what He has done. Oh friends, may we react out of overflowing amazement of His mercies to us.

"Lift up the cup of salvation and call upon the name of the LORD" with me.

Loving Him for His wondrous works, praising Him in light of them,
Lori

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