This is an encore post, originally published November 3, 2020.
Many churches throughout the world use a Bible reading schedule called a "lectionary." It's just a fancy word meaning "selected readings." Posts like this reflect on the readings for an upcoming Sunday or other Church holiday, as found in the historic one-year lectionary.
Our reading from Psalm 116 speaks of the tender love of the Lord who cares for his people, whether in life or in death. This is the grace of God, to bring us undeserved benefits in every age.
What is the appropriate response to such a Lord? We give ourselves to him in service, we give him thanks, we call on his name when in need, and we bring gifts back to him, realizing that all we have came from him in the first place.
Whether I bring glory and honor to God by my death or by my life, then, I desire to bring him the honor due his name. At some time, I suppose it will be by my death, though I am in no hurry and in no apparent danger at the moment. But God's name is worthy of honor and glory.
Is this a fair exchange? Indeed it is, because God has glorified his name by dying on my behalf, then rising again from the dead to give me a promise of resurrection. So he has shown his glory in a death for me. I can show his glory in a death for him. He has shown his glory in a life for me. I can show his glory in a life for him. In all things, we give thanks to our Lord, who has cared for us.
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