The other day, Joel and I were walking in the park and just talking about the goodness of God. I was saying that I just feel so overwhelmed by all of His blessings. When I see our family and the opportunities before us, when I think about what a great privilege it is to share the message of hope with so many people, I am just so grateful. As I was sharing my heart with Joel, I heard myself say, "What can I possibly do to repay Him?"
As I thought about it, I knew that, of course, I cannot do anything that equals what He has done for me. But, I thought I would look in the Bible for someone who expressed feeling this way. I was sure someone in scripture felt this way. I just wanted to read what they said and see what they did.
I found what David said in Psalm 116:12, "What shall I render to the Lord for all His benefits toward me?" That's exactly what I was saying, "How can I repay God for His blessings?" Then David said, "I will take up the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord."
Wow! David was saying, "My gift back to God is to receive what God has done for me." The way he was going to repay God, so to speak, the way he was going to show his gratitude is by taking hold of everything God had in store. He was going to call on the name of the Lord!
Understand this: David didn't know Christ. Jesus hadn't come to earth yet. David could only see the foreshadowing of what was to come and what was prophesied in scripture. In our day, now that we've seen the fulfillment of the promise, how much more can you and I take hold of this free gift of salvation? Salvation isn't just about eternity; it's about how we live now. Yes, He has saved us from our sins and from going to Hell, but He's also saved us from sickness, poverty, lack, despair and everything that is contrary to His promises. Salvation is total victory now and forevermore!
I encourage you to take some time to meditate on God's goodness in your life. Show your love and gratitude by living for Him. Walk in all of His blessings, receive His salvation, and embrace the victory He has prepared for you!