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What Shall I Render to the LORD?

August 3, 2014

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What  Shall I Render  to the LORD?

It is important  to give the LORD  appropriate thanksgiving  for all the innumerable blessings  He has given us.     Besides breath  and all the wonders  in creation  that benefit us,  God saves us  in the various earthly perils  we face  —  most importantly saving us  from our own sins,  through faith  in Christ Jesus.

Do we care  about rightly  giving thanks  where thanks  is due?

When a psalmist  gave thanks  for God’s salvation,  he wrote in Psalm 116:12-13,

What  shall I render  to the LORD
For all  His benefits  toward me?
I shall  lift up  the cup  of salvation
And call  upon the name  of the LORD.

This psalmist wanted  to present God  with a meaningful expression  from his heart,  so he wondered,  What shall I render  to the LORD  for all His benefits  toward me?”      He wanted  to give up  to God  the love  that was  in his heart.

Then  he said,  “I shall  lift up  the cup  of salvation.”     This is most likely referring  to a cup  of wine  at a Passover celebration.     In the traditions  of a Passover meal,   four cups  of wine  are served.      The first cup  is at the reciting  of the blessing  —  the second cup  at the telling  of the Passover story  —  the third cup  at the blessing  after the meal  —  and the fourth cup  at the reciting  of the Hallel,  the praise  to God.     Every cup  is in thankful remembrance  of God’s marvelous work  in delivering the Israelites  from slavery  in Egypt.

So,  “What shall I render  to the LORD  for all His benefits  toward me?”     How should we “lift up  the cup  of salvation”?     Through Jesus Christ  we have been rescued  from our slavery  to sin  and this world.     For that  we should be  blessing the LORD  —  telling the story  of God’s love  and salvation  through faith  in Jesus  —  and praising God  for keeping all  of His promises  of a Savior.

Jesus is called  “the Lamb  of God”  by John the Baptist in John 1:36.     That is because  when the angel  of death  passed over  all the houses  in Egypt  and killed  all the firstborn  in each household,  the Israelites  had put the blood  of a lamb  around their doors  and the angel  of death  simply passed over  their houses,  saving all their firstborn sons.     That is why  the Passover traditions  are celebrated  every year  —  and  “the cup  of salvation”  is lifted up  as everyone  gives praise  to the LORD.     The blood  of a lamb  saved the Israelites  —  and the blood  of Jesus  saves us.

In the Passover celebration,  they all  “render  to the LORD”  praises  of thanksgiving.     So,  we also  look  to Christ  and present  to the LORD  hearts filled  with love  and praise.

For all  our benefits,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for saving us  through the sacrifice  of Christ Jesus.”

Love,
Margaret

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Yupiq Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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