This sermon, “What Shall I Render” I preached at Calvary Baptist Church on 26 April 2020 and is available on CD, as a video on our website “” and on Youtube. Turn with me for our primary text to Psalm 116:12 “What shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefits toward me?” David begins this moving Psalm with a great testimony “I love the Lord, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications” vs 1. Every Christian should summon the courage to honestly answer the question “Do I love the Lord?” for himself. Our Lord asked this of Peter in John chapter 21. Having answered the question a subsequent question follows “Why”?  David answered the question for himself and then tells us all “why”. Because God has listened to David’s voice of praise, fellowship and prayer. In Matthew 15:21-28 listen to the words and anguish of this mother pleading for her daughter “Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil”. Can your mind’s eye see the tears flow down her face in this wrenching plea? Sophocles said, “children are the anchors that hold a mother’s heart to life”. The Lord of Mercy will indeed hear and answer her humble plea. In that very hour that mother’s heart will be released from its torment and her daughter healed. I imagine the leaping joy of them both. Did she love the Lord thereafter? Oh yes! In Mark 9:22 read the gut-wrenching cry of a father for his son. 22 “And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us.”  Imagine the years of exhaustion and desperation, tethered to your son for fear of his being destroyed by the monster within him.  Again, the Lamb of God will answer as only he can! The devil will be cast out and the son will be returned whole to his loving father. Fathers are often thought to have no love as deep as ‘mother’, but may I remind you that our love is modeled after the Father above. I tell you this father took his first free breath in years when his son was delivered from torment. Will he love the Lord? Yes!  Back to Psalm 116:1, “I love the Lord because he hath heard my cry and answered my plea”. How about you friend?  Has there been some heavy chain, some deep pit of sorrow, some inescapable torment of mind from which no one could or would deliver you? And have you not joined the countless millions who, like me, have gone many times by night and stood behind the Lord weeping [Luke 7:38] in prayer? How many of us have drawn near to him and said “Lord, help me” [Matt 15:25]? “I love the Lord, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications.” You who know why this poor woman wept [Luke 7:38] and what desperation of despair drove her to go searching for Christ Jesus. You love him because he heard your plea and answered you according to his grace by your faith [Ephesians 2:8-9] the moment the Holy Spirit set those living words [Romans 10:8] in your heart and your heart believed the “word of faith.” Visit us on the web at or find us on Facebook @ Calvary Baptist Church of Palestine, Texas. Call us directly at 903-729-5924. Don’t fear a virus – fear God.