What Shall I Render Unto The Lord?

J. D. Conley
June 9, 2013

Everyone enjoys receiving and many enjoy giving. We are instructed in Acts 20:35 "...to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive." The word "blessed" is translated from a Greek word meaning "happy." Therefore, the Lord's teaching is, "It is happier to give than to receive." Sadly, some have rarely, if ever, experienced this wonderful truth.

Nonetheless, there is great joy to be derived from giving. One of the great joys of being a parent is giving to your children. Its thrilling too for children to be able to give to their mother and father. Husbands and wives find pleasure in giving to each other. But how many of us often and thoughtfully consider giving to God? Luke records, "...he gives us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness" (Acts 14:17). Due to God's constant goodness, man must see his indebtedness to God.

The writer of Psalms 116:12 did, "What shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefits toward me?" The inspired penman not only recognized he was in debt to his Creator, but he very much wanted to return something to God.

It is a fine attitude to want to give to our loved ones and to those in need. But the most noble of attitudes is a burning desire to give back to God. Of course there is no way we can ever repay God for all He has done for us. However, we should possess the mindset of wanting to do so. How do we begin? In the next verse the psalmist states, "I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord" (Ps. 116:13). We give back to the Lord by taking what He has given us! Even when we give to the Lord we receive something in return.

Why not "take the cup of salvation and call upon the name of the Lord?" Believe in His Son the Christ (Jn.8:24); Repent of your sins (Lk.13:3); Confess Jesus as Lord (Mt.10:32); Be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins (Acts 2:38). Following these Divine instructions put forth diligence in living a faithful Christian life (2Cor.5:7). Faithfulness is what we can and must render to the Lord (Rev.22:14).