Strange thanks

RE Verse reading–Psalm 116:12-19, Mark 8:34-37, 2 Timothy 1:8-12 (day six)  “What shall I render to the Lord for all His benefits toward me?  I shall lift up the cup of salvation”  (116:12-13)  Do you know anyone who is discomforted by a gift or a compliment?  Someone who is awkward in receiving help?  The strange thought of Psalm 116 is that our best gratitude to God is to thankfully and continually receive more.  God is all-sufficient.  He is not poorer for His generosity.  We are ever needy.  To humbly accept this fact about ourselves (and about Him) is a form of gratitude.  Put another way, it dishonors God for us to refuse His help or imagine that we don’t need it.  Similar to Acts 16.  “What must I do to be saved?. . .Believe!”  “What must we do to express thanks?. . Receive!”  Other steps will follow later.  The beginning, however, must be a heart humble and open to the further and fuller gifts of God.

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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