When I read, Psalm 116:12-17 quoted below, my primary thoughts are on this coming Memorial Day: (that day we have set aside Nationally to recognize those valiant men and women who fought and died so we here in The
can retain the freedom God has bestowed on us. United States of America
I first think about my Father, 1st Lieutenant R E Chastain, who on April 26th, 1951, died in
. A soldier with many honours, he was one of many who valiantly gave his life for those of us who “stayed by the stuff.” Korea
As I ponder all this, and consider that the Lord God has given Sharil and I now 50 years together. He has given us two wonderful daughters, three grandsons, and one, only one, wonderful granddaughter.
Therefore, the question remains:
God has taken away; yet He has given abundantly. God has been so gracious. He has extended His grace and mercy to all my family. We have lost, and benefitted in all He has given.
One thing that I haven’t given to Him is my total devotion, my total heart. (In retrospect, that is what He wants of each of us.)
We as a rule want to give Him “our things,” which in fact are already His. God wants us to “search our hearts” and look deep within and remove all the junk, and restore ourselves to His Glory. We must look within and with the help of The Holy Spirit repent of the ways we have (maybe unwittingly) walked.
“Reader, did you notice that Paul was speaking to the “brethren,” Christians?” God has given us The Holy Spirit to guide us to His Glorification. So, to answer my own question, “What Shall I Render?” The answer is “myself.” I have nothing in God’s sight except my heart and soul, and that is what He wants. Will you “…render unto the LORD…” today? Our sacrifices to God are of even greater importance than the sacrifice for man and country.
Bro. John R. E Chastain