Google+ 10/01/13 Let's Praise, Then Promise!

Psalm 116:12-14


What can I offer the Lord for all he has done for me?
I will lift up the cup of salvation and praise the Lord's name for saving me.
I will keep my promises to the Lord in the presence of all his people.


In part two of our six-part devotion series entitled, "Lifting and Loving," David has some great words for us to live by each and every day.  As we all know, next to Paul, David was probably the most prolific sinner in the Bible.  After years of snubbing God, David repented and turned his life over to God.  His complete reversal was so amazing that God eventually called David, "a man after His own heart!"  King David had many decisions to make and received MANY blessings from God.  David became one of the most effective and loving kings in Biblical history.  In today's Scripture, David is trying to find a way to express his gratitude to God.  David lays out a plan that we should all adopt.  First, we should lift up our cup of salvation and praise God for saving each of us.  God didn't have to save us you know!  He could have left us to die in our own sin.  God had every right to turn His back on all of us because of our perpetual sin.  Was David really going to change, or was he simply saying what he believed God wanted to hear?  When I preach and write, I like to emphasize that we cannot evaluate or judge people's motives.  That is between each of us and Jesus.  God knew David's heart.  Most importantly, David did exactly what he told God he would do.  This leads us to part two of David's life plan.  David states that he will keep all the promises he has made to God, in the presence of all His people.  Let's be clear.  Not only does David state that he will be accountable to God, he also promises to be accountable to God's people.  In the world, we call this practice "checks and balances."  As I write this morning, The United States government has shut down because they have run out of the ability to borrow money.  Stop blaming others for this fact.  Everyone that voted for the people in office today is responsible for this atrocity.  Yes, I said it!  Why?  We have stopped voting for practicing Christians.  Today's government is no longer "One Nation Under God!"  Our politicians are not standing up and making David's promises.  If they were, today the government would be open and not in debt.  Christians should never spend more than they have.  Christians should understand the difference between needs and wants.  God would never condone the practice of trying to spend our way out of debt.  We reap what we sow!  Today, in each of our lives, let's make good on David's two-part life plan.  "Let's Praise, Then Promise!"