Psalm 116

1 I love the LORD, because He has heard my voice and my supplications.

2 Because He has inclined His ear to me, therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live.

3 The pains of death surrounded me, and the pangs of Sheol laid hold of me; I found trouble and sorrow.

4 Then I called upon the name of the LORD: “O LORD, I implore You, deliver my soul!”

5 Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; Yes, our God is merciful.

6 The LORD preserves the simple; I was brought low, and He saved me.

7 Return to your rest, O my soul, for the LORD has dealt bountifully with you.

8 For You have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.

9 I will walk before the LORD In the land of the living.

10 I believed, therefore I spoke, “I am greatly afflicted.”

11 I said in my haste, “All men are liars.”

12 What shall I render to the LORD for all His benefits toward me?

13 I will take up the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the LORD.

14 I will pay my vows to the LORD now in the presence of all His people.

15 Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints.

16 O LORD, truly I am Your servant; I am Your servant, the son of Your maidservant; You have loosed my bonds.

17 I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the LORD.

18 I will pay my vows to the LORD now in the presence of all His people,

19 In the courts of the LORD’s house, in the midst of you, O Jerusalem. Praise the LORD!

 

What shall I render to the LORD for all His benefits toward me?  What indeed?  We trust Him and our trust is rewarded, but what gift do you give to the God who literally has everything?  All He asks is our love, our thanks, and our continued trust in Him, to be included as a part of our daily lives.  “Hey God, what should I wear today?”  “What a beautiful sunset, thank you, God”  “God, what would you have me do today?”  Truly love Him with your whole life, not just the parts that are about to explode and kill you.  That’s all He asks of you.

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