By: Lisa Wilmore
Scripture to ponder: I love the Lord, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications. Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live…What shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefits toward me (Psalm 116:1-2, 12)?
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!
During my educational endeavors, challenges, successes, family circumstances, and life’s disappointments, God has blessed me to make acquaintances with many individuals who poured a vast amount of spiritual encouragement and support into me. This support enabled me to not only complete assigned tasks, but also gave me hope in doing so. As a result, I am always willing to assist them at their beckoning call. In fact, my desire is to help them in any way possible. Also, it is my impulse to show them kindnesses as they have been kind to me.
Oftentimes, our desire is to return good to others because they have been good toward us. In reality, we are more than willing to share our time and resources with them. So, if we render our time and resources to these persons, in like manner, “What shall we render to God for his goodness toward us”?
As we read Psalm 116, we must take note of the thanksgivings radiating from the heart of the psalmist. He, who had been delivered from danger, declares that he loves the Lord who heard his prayers. The Psalmist experienced the goodness of God and was grateful for answered prayers.
Furthermore, the Psalmist asks an earnest question, which we must ask ourselves, “What shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefits (goodness) toward me” (Psalm 116:12)? In response, he states, “he will continue to call upon him, rest in him, walk before him, pay his vows of thanksgivings, and will continue to be God’s faithful servant to his life’s end.”
What will you render unto the Lord for his goodness toward you? Will you give your tithes and offerings as he commanded? Will you render to him thanksgivings from the “fruit of your lips”? Will you commit to seeking him for all of your needs? Will you walk upright before him?
Above all, persons could never give us what the Father has given us-that is, eternal life through his son, Jesus. We are inclined to give to those who have been kind to us, in the same way, we must be willing to render to God “ALL” that we have for his goodness toward us.