"What shall I render unto the LORD for all His benefits toward me?" Psalm 116:12      

When a friend shows us a special act of kindness or a great favor, we seek ways to show our appreciation. We cannot repay an act of kindness, and we should not try to do so. We accept it gratefully, but our appreciation goes on and shows itself in many ways. It can be seen in our actions; it can be read in our eyes. That is as it should be.      

The blessings of God pour in on us every day. His mercies are new every morning. "The LORD is gracious and full of compassion., slow to anger and of great mercy. The LORD is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works." Ps. 145:8,9. Nothing is too much for Him. Not only has He given us our food, clothing, health, family, happiness, and every other earthly blessing that we may be enjoying at the moment, but He loved us enough to give His only Son into death that we might live. Truly, the LORD is good, and our own hearts tell us that we do not deserve the benefits which we have from Him.      

The Psalmist realized this when he asked: "What shall I render unto the LORD for all His benefits toward me?" Yes, what shall we render to the LORD, who has everything and needs nothing? Yet there is one thing that He wants, our hearts. And if He has our hearts, we receive His blessings gratefully and share them with our fellow men, but the spiritual and the temporal blessings. If we serve God with our whole hearts, we are fitting temples of the Holy Spirit. Our hearts, our lives, these we are to render to the LORD for all His benefits toward us.        

Christian friends,  If God has delivered you from some crisis, some scrape with death, or if He has blessed you richly, do as the psalmist did. Draw moment by moment on God's mercy and grace saying, "Gladly I receive from You, gladly I give my all to You." Taking from God becomes gratitude to God when from your heart you simply give back to Him all you have received from Him.  

Ten thousand thousand precious gifts                                                                       My daily thanks employ;                                                                                              Among them is a grateful heart                                                                                        To take those gifts with joy.  

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY - Taking from God is the best way to give to  God, because God loves to give.