Psalm 116

John  F Kennedy


12 What shall I return to the Lord
for all his goodness to me?

13 I will lift up the cup of salvation
and call on the name of the Lord.

14 I will fulfill my vows to the Lord
in the presence of all his people.

15 Precious in the sight of the Lord
is the death of his faithful servants.

16 Truly I am your servant, Lord;
I serve you just as my mother did;
you have freed me from my chains.

17 I will sacrifice a thank offering to you
and call on the name of the Lord.

18 I will fulfill my vows to the Lord
in the presence of all his people,

19 in the courts of the house of the Lord—
in your midst, Jerusalem.
Praise the Lord.

One suggested way of prayer is to follow the ACTS steps.

A – for adoration

C – for confession

T – for thanksgiving

S- for supplication

We are pretty god with thanksgiving, and especially good with supplication. Frequently asking God for favors, needs and wants. Here, the author, after receiving goodness from God, instead of just giving thanks, offered himself.

He offered to do a few things:-

He will lift up his cup of salvation – thus rejoicing and proclaiming of the reason for his salvation to the world

He will fulfill his vows  in the presence of all his people – again glorifying God by fulfilling the vows in front of people

He will serve God just as his parent did even to the point of offering his own life!

He will offered up sacrifices to God to thank Him

Again in verse 18, he repeats that he will fulfill these vows in front of people. It is important to not only just make vows, but to fulfill them. And the people are there witness to this. It is one thing to make a vow in your bedroom where there is no accountability, but it is quite another to make it in front of an assembly of people.

Borrowing for the late KJFK’s speech

“..ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country”

What will you do for God today?

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