The trouble with gratitude
I recently read psalm 16:12 and reacted very negatively.
“How can I repay the LORD for all the good he has done for me?”
I realized I have a problem with gratitude. If I have to “repay” the Lord for the good he has done for me then it’s not a gift right? If God requires gratitude for his grace then it’s not a gift. He’s just buying my praise and obedience.
Some of you are already way ahead of me. It’s a rhetorical question. How can I repay the lord? I can’t, and he doesn’t expect me to. So instead, “I will take the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD.”
In other words, in response to God's providing for me I will repay him with more dependence! In response to his answering my cry for help I will vow to cry out more! The more God gives, the more I’ll ask for.
Afterall, what better praise is there then to treat God like the infinite giver of good things?