“What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me?
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 116:12-14

What indeed can we give to the Lord for all His benefits to us? There is nothing that we can give to the Lord that will come even close to what He deserves from us. What we can do is offer thanksgiving and praise and testify of all that He has done.23

There is a scripture in the Book of Judges that reads “there arose a generation that did not know the Lord nor the mighty works that He did.” This verse contains in it such sorrow and indictment; sorrow for the fact that such a thing happened and indictment at those who allowed it to happen – namely those who did not tell of all the works of God. The children of Israel were expressly commanded to tell their children of all that God had done all the time – when they sat, when they stood, when they lay down. The idea being that they were not to forget. When things are left unsaid, sooner or later they are forgotten.

Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks – so very true. If our heart is filled with gratitude to God surely that is what we will be constantly speaking of. ‘Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits’. It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, and it is because His compassions that fail not that we are alive today. And every morning He does it all over again. How great is His faithfulness. God forbid that we should neglect to tell of His goodness to us.

How can I say thanks for the things You have done for me,
Things so undeserved, yet You gave to prove Your love for me.
The voices of a million angels could not express my gratitude.
All that I am and ever hope to be, I owe it all to Thee.
Andre Crouch

 

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