Devotional

What shall I return to the Lord for all his goodness to me? (Psalm 116 12:-19)

What shall I render to the Lord for all his benefits to me? I will lift up the cup of salvation  and call on the name of the Lord, I will pay my vows to the Lord  in the presence of all his people. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. O Lord, I am your servant; I am your servant, the son of your maidservant. You have loosed my bonds. I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the Lord. I will pay my vows to the Lord  in the presence of all his people, in the courts of the house of the Lord, in your midst, O Jerusalem. Praise the Lord!

Psalm 116: 12-19 ESV

On verses 1 through 11 of this psalm, the psalmist was praying and giving thanks.  He was doing so not on a normal sunny day, but in a time of deep trouble which could have been involved in the risk of  death (116:3, 116:10). While he was calling upon the name of the Lord, in praises and supplication, he was reminded of God’s deliverance and salvation to him.  He realized the Lord had been good to him and “dealt bountifully with him” (116:7).   The psalm didn’t just end here with a simple “thank you”.  Joy and gratitude drove the psalmist to consider what he could do to the Lord in return of God’s bounty He generously gave.  “What shall I render to the Lord for all his benefits to me”?   You see, true gratitude leads to action. Besides saying “thank you” to the Lord for all His goodness and abundant love, the psalmist also initiated services that he could do in response to the Lord.  — 

  • I will lift up the cup of salvation and call…” (116:14)
  • I will pay my vows…” (116:15)
  • I will offer you the sacrifices of thanksgiving…”(116:17)
  • I will pay my vows…” (v18, which is also repeating what he said on 116:15)
  • “Oh Lord, I am your servant; I am your servant… You have loosed my bonds”. (116:16)  

Being set free by the Lord’s great work and touched by His bountiful grace, the psalmist joyfully, gratefully, and humbly dedicated himself to God’s service. The Lord did not request him to offer any of the work suggested above, they all came from a heart of gratitude.  

We might be going through some tough times, but the Lord has been good to us all the time. Each of us has received abundant grace from Him in many different ways. What will you do today to respond to His love and goodness?  What will you fill in the blank after “I will…”?  Need an idea?  While the Lord graciously gave us the cup of salvation, He also taught His disciples about a cup of cold water given to the little ones among all (Matthew 10:42).  Compared to the cup of salvation from the Lord, a cup of cold water from us may seem overwhelmingly small. But really, that’s all the Lord had asked for!  It’s not about the size, it’s about  what comes out of a grateful heart of someone who received bountiful grace from Him.  Whatever grateful action you decide to put after  “I will…” , may it be a fragrant offering of thanksgiving to the Lord!

Dear Lord, you have been good to me, all the time! Thank you for your bountiful grace! What can I do in return for your goodness? Inspire me to grateful actions that will become a fragrant offering of thanksgiving to you! Amen!

My bestie, Irene, shared this song “I Love You, Lord” after she read Psalm 116. I fell in love with it myself. I also want to offer this song to the Lord because He is been good to me! May it also be a sweet sweet sound in His ear.

This song was first sang by Irene (beautiful voice!), and then I added my voice to it with my limited sound editing skill. Quality might be rough, but voices came out of two grateful hearts. ❤ I love you, Lord!


“I Love You, Lord”

Composed by Laurie Klein
Sang here by Irene and Meijing

I love you, Lord
And I lift my voice
To worship Thee
Oh, my soul, rejoice!
Take joy my King
In what You hear
Make it be a sweet, sweet sound

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