“What shall I return to the Lord for all his bounty to me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord, I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people.” vss. 12-14
The psalmist knew that he owed the Lord big time for all the goodness that had come his way. He proposes to offer what sounds like a toast. He will lift the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord. That’s worship talk! In the temple in the presence of all the people, he will offer a drink offering, call on the Lord, and everyone will hear his song of praise and hearty thanksgiving. Worship remains one of the best ways available for letting everyone know how grateful we are for all the blessings of God. In fact, it’s one of the main reasons we gather. Week after week we come together to sing songs and hymns of praise. We remember the promise and the good news of forgiveness and hope that is ours in Christ Jesus. Even if the sermon is a dud, we can offer prayers of thanksgiving and join in the singing. We eat the bread of life and drink from the cup of salvation that feeds our resurrected bodies and gives joy to our souls. And when our worship is over, we leave with hearts full of thanksgiving. Our prayers have been heard. Healing has come! And it’s all a gift from God!
Thought for the Day: How will I pay my vows to the Lord?