What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me? I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the LORD.
– Psalm 116:12-13
What do you give God in return for His gifts, goodness, and grace?
King David, in the above Psalm, poetically offered “the cup of salvation,” as it symbolized deliverance from physical death by his enemies. It is also known as the “Cup of Deliverance” in the Jewish Passover meal.
We brush death daily by having avoided a fatal crash, natural disaster, or disease. Or we may find ourselves miraculously delivered from the clutches of emotional, mental, or psychological bondage. Such benefits may compel us to earnestly ask “What shall I render?” – even as we know that, of course, we can never “repay” God for His benefits towards us.
However, it is possible to offer a sacrifice in response to and in gratitude for the blessings we have received.
Such sacrifice is often made during Lenten season, which has begun. It is marked by reflection, repentance, soul-searching, and a deeper communion with God through forty days of fasting. This is the time when your needs, desires, and wants are set aside – without asking God for anything in return. Making a complete offering of ourselves to God, through self-sacrifice, is what He finds most worthy.
And when God finds our sacrifice sincere, worthy, and without expectation, only then will our sacrifices be rewarded.
I believe focusing on giving to God also brings into focus what God wants to give to you.
I believe being selfless in your service to God endears Him and activates divine promises to be manifested, and when these promises manifest, they far exceed all that you could hope or pray.
I believe that no matter what God will give or do for you tomorrow, you should render today, and render your best knowing that God will take care of the rest.
Knowing this, what shall you render unto the Lord today?
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