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About-Him.Com Devotional 02-19-2011
How Can I Repay the Lord?
Psalms 116:12 What shall I render unto the LORD [for] all his benefits toward me?
The Psalmist asked the question, “How can I repay the Lord for all that he has given me? His reply in Psalms 116:14-18 was that he would take the cup of salvation and call upon the name of the Lord. He would pay that which He had vowed to the Lord in the presence of the people, and He would be a servant to the Lord and offer unto Him the sacrifice of thanksgiving.
Half of the 150 psalms are directly attributed to King David. Assuming that he wrote this one, we can see that his heart was overcome with gratitude. Perhaps his thoughts went back to his experiences as a shepherd boy when the Lord enabled Him to overcome a bear and a lion not to mention the giant Goliath? I’m sure he had never forgotten how the Lord directed the prophet Samuel to anoint him as the King of Israel. Of course the road to the throne was fraught with hardships, but God kept His promises to David just as he keeps His promises to us. Certainly he remembered God’s promise to sit on his throne in the person of one of his descendants, namely the Lord Jesus Christ (Ps. 132:11).
We all have a story to tell and when we tell it, our hearts are overcome with gratitude and thanksgiving (See: Be Ye thankful). Are we grateful that the Lord enabled us, out of the billions of people on this earth, to hear the saving gospel of the Lord Jesus? We hear it over and over, but many have never heard it once? Certainly that is cause for gratitude?
I am thankful that, like Timothy, I have known the scriptures since childhood (2Tim. 3:15). I am thankful for the seed of the word of God that enabled me to believe and respond to the gospel (Jn. 3:16-17).
Recently, at a follow up appointment after surgery, the surgeon’s assistant told me, “We were expecting you to die on the operating table. Something or somebody kept the infection from moving to your brain.” We agreed that it was Someone rather than somebody. I am thankful that this surgeon and his assistant always pray before each operation that they perform. It could have been someone calling out to another god who was incapable of hearing, much less answering his prayer (De. 4:28).
Psalms 103:2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
So, what is your story? What are you thankful for? Shout it out and offer the sacrifice of praise in the presence of all who will hear. We can do no less.
God’s love for the whole world was demonstrated by the death of Jesus on the cross.
1John 4:9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
We have but one appropriate response to the Lord’s gift of life. It is simply that we die to our old nature and live for the One who died for us.
Romans 6:11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 12:1 ¶ I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service.
Jesus gave His life that we might live. He redeemed us by His blood which is far more precious than the gold and silver that perishes (1Pe. 1:18-19).
1Corinthians 6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
2Corinthians 5:15 And [that] he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.
Romans 8:10 ¶ And if Christ [be] in you, the body [is] dead because of sin; but the Spirit [is] life because of righteousness.
The wise men brought gifts of gold and other precious things to the baby Jesus. Jesus isn’t looking for our gold. Nor is He looking for the notorious works that some perform in an effort to earn the salvation that He has already purchased. He wants our heart. He wants our total self without reservation (De. 6:5; Lu. 10;27).
Jesus is simply looking for those who are willing to die out to self and let Him live His life in and through us (Mt. 10:39).
Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
“Faith, as Paul saw it, was a living, flaming thing leading to surrender and obedience to the commandments of Christ.” - Tozer
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Don and Marie Spooner
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