What shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefits toward me? – Psalm 116:12-14
Have you ever received a gift beyond your expectations? Perhaps it was a bicycle on Christmas morning or a big raise in pay. On the other hand you may have received a scholarship or a good job in a bad economy. We all either know someone with such an experience, or we have been blessed in such a way ourselves. In any case, these blessings have this in common: they cannot be repaid either in money or time or circumstance. The giver knew exactly the thing that to go beyond your needs when we would best benefit from it. These are the best gifts.
When we consider the greatest gift, eternal life with God, we should be awestruck or incredulous. It is difficult to conceive of God, the Creator of the universe, condescending to save sinners. If you feel this way, then you are in good company. The Psalmist, King David, wrote, “What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?” (Psalm 8:4). If you really ponder the depth of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, then you cannot help but be astonished. It is amazing.
So what is the proper response? David said, “I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord. I will pay my vows unto the Lord now in the presence of all his people.” (Psalm 116:13-14). In another place, he wrote, “Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah. Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the Lord” (Psalm 4:4-5). It is simple. Praise the Lord. Give Him the thanks due to Him with your lips and your life. Show Him that you appreciate the sacrifice. You can do no other.