The Psalmist echoes what I would imagine Bartimaeus sang in praise:
“I love the LORD, for He heard my voice; He heard my cry for mercy. Because He turned His ear to me, I will call on Him as long as I live….Then I called on the name of the LORD: ‘O LORD< save me!…our God is full of compassion…when I was in great need, He saved me….For You, O LORD, have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before the LORD in the land of the living…” (Psalm 116).
“How can I repay the LORD for all His goodness to me? I will lift up the cup of salvation, and call upon the Name of the LORD.” This is the response our Messiah, our promised and long-expected One desires from us. When we are granted our freedom, our sight, may we have eyes to see those around us living in darkness. When our thirst is satisfied by His rivers, may we lift His cup to the thirsty.
Doing this work with Jesus will not only bless others, but as Mother Teresa says, it will make us happy too. “If we pray the work…if we do it TO Jesus…if we do it FOR Jesus…THAT is what makes us CONTENT.”