Psalm 116:12-18 (NIV) — “How can I repay the LORD for all His goodness to me? I will lift the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD. I will fulfill 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. Truly, O LORD, I am Your servant; I am Your servant, the son of Your maidservant; You have broken my bonds. I will offer to You a sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the LORD.I will fulfill my vows to the LORD in the presence of all His people.”
It’s only seven verses from a Psalm of 19 verses, but who talks like that?
They’re not fancy words, not the $0.50 vocabulary type. But I find the sentence structure sharp enough to prod my imagination.
I’ve often find myself surrounded by others who give of their time, talent and treasure, to make things better for an individual, a family, group or community as a whole itself and I must say I regret not having taken the time and expanded my vocabulary repertoire that I might convey the appreciation that I have as a simple steward of the many resources that we’ve been entrusted with. To simply say “Thank You,” to expresses the value of their sacrificial act of charity before the Lord.
Verse 12; “How can I repay the Lord for all His goodness to me.”
I can’t quite get my mind around the magnitude of that … a moment before the Lord. There’s a couple of songs that give hints to such a moment:
“Hallelujah” – “Now I heard there was a secret chord that David played that pleased the Lord.”
Or from the lyrics of “I Can Only Imagine” — “Surrounded by You glory. What will my heart feel? Will I dance for you Jesus or in awe of You be still. Will I stand in your presence or to my knees will I fall. Will I sing hallelujah. Will I be able to speak at all. I can only imagine. I can only imagine”
The singer say’s he can imagine. I honestly can feel the words, but I can’t clearly imagine that moment when I transition from earth to eternity, to be before our Lord, face to face.
What a moment!
Psalm 116 verse 12 says “How can I repay the Lord” then the psalmist answers himself right away in verse 13 and 14 then again in verse 17 — “I will sacrifice a Thank Offering to You and call on the name of the Lord.”
His answer continues in verse 18 — “I will fulfill my vows to the Lord.”
Could it really be that simple? Is this how we repay our Lord for all His goodness?
As I mentioned; I have the privilege to see the kindness of others given freely on behalf of others who they may never meet. Their gift is given anonymously, but the intent is not, often very specific.
Perhaps the best way to say “Thank You” as a steward is to be faithful in Word and Deed with their gifts of charity.
On behalf of those being helped, I humbly offer a Thank You!
I can’t imagine the magnitude of inadequacy of offering my Thank Offering before our Lord.
Quickened to my mind is Romans 12:1 — “Therefore, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God…this is your true and proper worship.”
Perhaps it really is that simple.
“How can I repay our Lord for His goodness”?
Follow the guidance given in our opening verses.
How can I appropriately and adequately thank such a host of community support?
Rise up with a full and grateful heart, practice good and faithful stewardship regarding people, programs and property.
Kodiak — Thank You!