July 6, 2021
Daily Reading: Psalm 115-118
What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me?
What indeed? What is it that we could give unto the Lord for all His benefits toward us? After all, Psalm 68:19 tells us that He daily loads us with benefits. Psalm 103:2 reminds us not to forget all of His benefits. Now, the Psalmist asks, what shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefits toward me?
This thing of rendering is also mentioned in the New Testament. In Matthew, Mark, and Luke the Lord states clearly: Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. Oftentimes when this teaching is discussed, quoted, taught, or otherwise used it is from the standpoint of rendering unto Caesar, but the quote from our Savior also adds that we should render unto God the things that are God’s.
So, what is God’s? Or, rather, what should be rendered unto Him? Revelation 4:11 contains a list. Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things and for thy pleasure they are and were created. Please make special note that all things were created by Him and for Him. This means you, too. You were created by Him and for Him.
What can I give Him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd I would bring a lamb,
If I were a wise man, I would do my part,
Yet, what can I give Him, give my heart.
In the bleak midwinter
Now, that would be a good start.
Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.