11-8 Lifelines — Forget not

By BETTIE MARLOWE
Posted 11/8/19

 And forget not

When God has been so good to us, there is no way was can repay Him. The Psalmist thought this as he pondered the things he had gone through and how God had blessed him throughout every ordeal.

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11-8 Lifelines — Forget not

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 And forget not
When God has been so good to us, there is no way was can repay Him. The Psalmist thought this as he pondered the things he had gone through and how God had blessed him throughout every ordeal.

He asks himself, “What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me?”

He answers his own question in Psalm 115:12-19 (KJV). “I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the LORD.  I will pay my vows unto the LORD now in the presence of all his people. Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints. O LORD, truly I am thy servant; I am thy servant, and the son of thine handmaid: thou hast loosed my bonds.  I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the LORD. I will pay my vows unto the LORD now in the presence of all his people, In the courts of the Lord’s house, in the midst of thee, O Jerusalem. Praise ye the LORD”

The king was so glad to be a servant of God; he would pay his vows. In other words, his answer to “What shall I render unto the Lord?” was “myself.”

Only then would true thanksgiving be made. Only then could he say “Praise ye the Lord.” If our lives don’t reflect thanksgiving, our words will be empty.

Can we identify with his answer? “I will welcome and receive whatever God gives to me, knowing it is because He loves me. I will not hide my praise to Him – I will not be ashamed for others to know that I am dependent on my Lord. I will share His goodness with those around me. I will not offer to God that which costs nothing, but the sacrifice of thanksgiving.”

Have we forgotten how to be thankful? How can we be grateful for small things when we are not grateful for the big things. Or have we simply been overcome with spiritual amnesia?

The Psalmist in another Scripture says, “And forget not all His benefits.” We can’t blot out the past – if we do, there is no more remembrance of past benefits. We can’t live as if these things had never been. This disease will cause us to lose our faith in God and forget that we have always looked to him in the face of crisis.

What if they had never been? How diminished our trust would be and empty our memories. “Forget not!”

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