“Thank God!” Psalm 116

“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.”

Psalm 116:12,13


“When all else fails, there is still God.”  When the end of the road seems immanent, another road suddenly appears; a way out of a situation that by earthly standards was hopeless.  It has been said that there are no coincidences in life, and that seems to be the case especially when life is viewed through the lens of faith.  You have been given a gift, so amazing a gift that God had to go through a cross and empty out a tomb so it could be delivered.  Take a hard look at your life; the good, the bad, and the…well you know.  With eyes of faith you can see God making a way out of no way.  You see God putting the complex puzzle of your life together as a master builder constructs a house out of a pile of lumber and a few nails.  Thank God we are not left on our own; God loves us far too much for us to be alone along life’s journey.  What does God require from us as a payment for all that has been done for us?  “To seek justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8) But to fulfill this simple requirement is to love, just as Christ loved us, to fulfill all the law and prophets by, “loving God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength, and loving our neighbor as ourselves.”  We thank God by living a life that witnesses eternal thanksgiving, by loving those that God loves which by the way is all for whom Christ died.  We love others even when they may disagree with us.  We love others when we cannot understand their actions.  We love others when their politics or theological understanding is different from ours.  In other words, we give thanks to God when we “have the same mind as was in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 2:5)  Maybe all God wants from us is for us to offer the same grace as we have been offered, and be thankful not only for the gifts we have received but also for the opportunity and privilege to share those gifts with those around us.  How is this possible?  “Call on the name of the Lord” and you will see the glory of God in every part of your life.  Celebrate the Lord in all that you do and “lift the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord.”  Thank you Jesus!

Pastor Tom

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