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l. The Cup 
ll. The Call
lll. The Cost

Psalm 116:12  “What shall I render unto the Lord for all His benefits toward me? I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord. I will pay my vows unto the Lord now in the presence of all His people.”
Think about that question – “What shall I render unto the Lord for all His benefits?”
Someone has said “Salvation totally depends on God while Holy Spirit fullness totally depends on the believer.” I’m not quite certain about the complete ramifications of that statement but our Lord said “…How much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him?”Have you asked? Ponder that for a moment. Permit me to use an O.T. passage to illustrate our responsibility as well as what the Lord has for those who love Him, obey Him and ask.

I.The Cup – “I will take the cup of salvation…”
The Psalmist is not contemplating an equal recompense to God. We could never equal the benefits of the Lord.
Psalm 68:19 says, “Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.” I will drink of my Lord’s goodness.I will offer the drink offering appointed. Appointed by the Law.
•    The Cup of Salvation
•    The Cup of Deliverance
•    The Cup of Blessing
•    The Cup of Communion
•    My Cup Runneth Over
The fullness is a partaking of the cup to the fullness-over running all. This Cup of Salvation is part of the thank offering… this cup of salvation is of all we possess in the Lord.There is the cup of deliverance, the cup of blessing, the cup of suffering, the cup of thanksgiving. The cup full to running over with God’s fullness.
“What shall I render unto the Lord?” I will take the cup of salvation – the drink offering is lifted in thanksgiving and drank to the fullness.
I write a lot of thank-you letters and cards. For many, taking the time to write in these days of busy schedules has become a lost art.Thank yous for support and gifts to our ministry-Graduation, birthdays, weddings, funerals.This has become a generation of ingrates. But in everything give thanks. How could the child of God be anything but thankful. Taste the cup of salvation- thanksgiving. You will taste the flavor of time, talents and treasures. All we have, every good gift cometh from above. Shall we lift and drink of the cup of fullness.
What shall I render unto
     the Lord?
ASK HIM … Take the Cup
    and drink to the fullness.

II.  The Call

“What shall I render to the Lord?”I will take the cup of salvation, I will call upon the name of the Lord.The Call is to be in order to do.
Romans 8:28-30: “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He did predestinate, them He also called: and whom He called, them He also justified: and whom He justified, them He also glorified.”
It is obvious the Lord has called. He has called you. He calls to repentance, He calls according to His purpose.
It is not so much us waiting for His call. It’s God waiting for our call. I will call upon the name of the Lord!
Lord – acknowledge who He is.This call is a position of worship. Prostrate before Him who alone is worthy.This call is perpetual. He that putteth his hand to the plow. Be ye, being FILLED.This call is pure. Not of the flesh, not of the world, not of isolation. But of separation to The Lord of Lord’s.
You have a gift –  to have a gift is not the goal. I am to grow, exercise my gift, and gather together with you to strengthen the brethren, and go into all the world to preach the gospel. Let my light so shine that He will receive all the glory. To Him be all the glory. Call upon the LORD!

III.  The Cost

“What shall I render unto the Lord for all His benefits toward me?”I will pay my vows…
The cost – Gen. 3:21 “Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them.”There was a cost- blood-death… ultimate and extreme.
We gloat and glory in the worthless. Stand in front of that mirror - glory in that wardrobe- clothes and fashions.
Isaiah 61:10 “ I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for He hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, He hath covered me with the robe of righteousness…” Joyful in my God.   Naked I would be without His salvation and robe of righteous.
The whole sacrificial system of the Old Testament foreshadows Christ sacrifice and His finished work. He paid it all. All to Him I owe! The rendering is done publicly. The cup is public, the call is public, the cost is paid publicly. The fullness, this running over is to have His Glory flow up and over the brim of our vessel into this wilderness of darkness.
What shall I render unto the Lord? Ask and the Father will give.

1.    Religion is a binding- Relationship is a releasing – Here we begin to understand the filling. Self removed and the Saviour revealed.
2.    Herein lies the rendering-the giving-give and it shall be given unto you.-Lk. 6:38
3.    Give yourself and receive HIMSELF!
My cup runneth over…We can run over with self or Saviour fullness.You cannot fill up a vessel with the Holy Spirit that is already full of an unholy self. As we are broken and self runs out the Fullness of The Holy Spirit fills the vessel.This is not a far eastern new age mantra type emptying. Quite the contrary.As a new creation in Christ, He is waitng for us to drink the cup, call or ask the Father for His Holy Spirit Fullness.

Back to Psalm 116 verse 15 - “Precious in His sight is the death of His saint.” Then “Thou hast loosed my bonds.” Psalm 116:16. He has freed us to be filled. Ask and drink the cup, call and He will answer. Obey, pay, render unto the Lord and His gift of The Holy Spirit will fill and overflow in you.
In Ephesians 5:18 we are given the commandment “Be not drunk with wine…”
I did an acrostic with the word wine:
        W-world  
        Love not the world
         I- iniquity  
        Repent, confess and turn
        from sin, agree with God
        N- need  
        The Lord is my Shepherd,
        I shall not want. It has             been said that Jesus is             not all you need until                 Jesus is all you have.
        E- Ego  
        Precious in the sight
        of the Lord is the death
        of His saint.
Have you died to self. Have you been broken that the Holy Spirit may fill you?
Be not drunk with wine, full of wine, drunk on this world, drunk on the iniquity of the flesh, drunk on the needs of me, mine but dead to ego- broken to self.
Now how much more, how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him?

At 10 o’clock on Friday evening four to five hundred people gathered for prayer meeting. Satan was determined to ruin the meeting. First of all three men began to shout and pound the chairs with great emotion. Another brother exorted the men that all must be done decently and in order. At that the men became rude and carnal. Then another individual who had a mental disorder stood and proclaimed to be a prophet of God. Some in the assembly decided to leave. A confusion seemed to persist until late that night as others determined to stay and not allow the devil to defeat. It was about mid-night that victory came and prayers unspeakable were uttered. All were on their knees and a hush fell over the entire gathering. No one could speak. Only a sobbing of joy unspeakable and full of glory could be heard. The very air seemed to tremble with the presence of God’s Holy Spirit. It was not emotional. It was eternal. From the church house to the schoolhouse and places of business came testimonies of dramatic conversions. From that meeting there went out men and women around the world, Japan, China, Australia, New Zealand, India with the power of God upon them.

Death to self. Precious to God. The Cup, the Call, the Cost. His fullness is not for my comfort, emotion, self pleasure and gratification. The fullness is for His glory to fill and run over into a world thirsting and groping lost in great darkness. What shall I render unto the Lord?