Days to Pentecost 07 - How can I repay the Lord for all His goodness to me?
“How can I repay the LORD for all his goodness to me?” (v. 12)
I have always been moved and grateful for the countless blessings I have received from God.
But unlike David today, I have never thought about how to repay God with anything.
Perhaps it was because of the thought of “how dare I repay God” or “Is it a grace that can be repaid when I return his grace?”.
I realized how foolish my thought was when I read David's written confession today that he wanted to actively repay God's grace!
In return for God’s grace, David says, “I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD.” (v.13)
He might say, “Lord! fill this cup again!” It seems that he is waiting for God, holding his cup high.
David confesses that God is the only one who can fill his cup of salvation.
Did God ignore the cup of David?
His cup was always full and overflowing.
He confesses that God not only filled his cup but also set him a table in front of his enemies.
“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows." (Psalm 23:5)
David, who wants to repay the grace he has received, seems to be seeking greater grace from God by raising his cup.
But it is the way that he lift up the cup of salvation to repay God’s grace.
How wise is it to let God be God?
When I saw that David was raising his cup and shouted for the Lord, I wondered how lovely David must have been seen by God and how happy God must have been.
And David promises to give thanks to the Lord and call on the name of Lord in return for his grace. (v. 17)
It is the act of a person in love who craves more love than he has received, expresses his gratitude every day, and wants to keep calling a name.
It was not a duty for David to repay the grace he had received from God, but love.
It was not just an expression of gratitude, but a confession of his love for God’s grace.
Just as the gift I want most from someone I love is saying he loves me too, David is making a public confession of his love towards God in front of everyone.
It is as if a bride who is getting married vows in front of the groom.
"I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD.
I will fulfill my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people.” (v.13-14)
I have learned how to please God from David today, so I hope that I live a life of longing for God’s love, thanking the Lord and calling on his name every day because I love God for the grace I received.