Over the past few weeks, on numerous occasions I have had contact with people who are fiercely struggling with drug and alcohol addictions. I have grown attached to these people; their dreadful plight “breaking my heart” and causing me much unrest. I weep often for them.
You see, I am so utterly blessed. I was born into the home of godly parents, who, from the day of my birth, I feel sure, prayed over me, spoke God’s Word into my ears, sang great hymns of the church as I closed my eyes in sleep, caused me to memorize passages of scripture, and led me to God’s house for worship every Sunday morning…and Sunday night…and Wednesday…and…
To mind comes David’s questioning words in Psalm 116 verse 12: “What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me?”
His answers come in the next two verses: “I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the LORD. I will pay my vows unto the LORD now in the presence of all his people.”
It doesn’t seem enough, does it? But then, is it ever possible to repay the LORD for all He has done for us? “I’ll repay by taking the salvation He provides, I will call upon His name, and I will pay my vows,” says David and, so, say I. My rendering seems skimpy, much too lightweight and fully inadequate, yet it is what I can do.
Too many of us—think about it, now—fail to offer even these minimal renderings. Just consider that and what it means.
“I won’t take the cup of salvation,” translates into the thought that the death of Jesus was absolutely in vain, and as having no value.
“I won’t call upon His name,” is pompous and humanistic, implying no need for the Omnipotent, All Powerful One.
“I won’t pay my vows,” implies base dishonesty and lack of respect for God and for His jurisdiction over the world and over mankind.
So, with David, I will consider all the benefits of God, and, with lowly and prayerful thoughtfulness, will consider what I can humbly render unto Him.
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