Psalms 61:5-8 For thou, O God, hast heard my vows: thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear thy name. 6 Thou wilt prolong the king's life: and his years as many generations. He shall abide before God for ever: O prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him. So will I sing praise unto thy name for ever, that I may daily perform my vows.
How can you tell when a politician is lying? – His lips are moving. I'm sure we've all heard this joke in one form or another. We have just come through a national election time and heard from many on the campaign trail. Politicians are good at making great promises when they are on the campaign trail. The problem comes if they are elected and they have to actually keep those promises.
But what about us? I'm pretty sure most of us are not politicians. It seems that Christians are very good at making promises also, but are just as bad at keeping them. David was a political leader, the King of Israel. He was not elected by popular vote so he did not have to hit the campaign trail and make promises that he may or may not keep. David was appointed by God. But David did make promises in the form of vows. That is what he said in verse five. But unlike a lot of political leaders, David sought daily to keep his vows and was fairly successfully in doing so.
Keeping our promises, especially those we make to God, is extremely important. In fact, Solomon said in the book of Ecclesiastes that it is better to not make a vow than it is to make a vow and not keep it. Why is it that we can easily tell God the things which we are going to do, and yet just as easily not do them?
I wonder how many commitments or vows have been made on the altars of churches throughout this country, and yet were just as quickly forgotten or discarded soon after the one making the vow gets up off of their knees? We're better at informing God of what we will do then we are at actually doing what we said we would. “Lord, I will read my Bible every day.” “Lord, I will pray and spend time with you.” “Lord, I will quit doing this or that.” “Lord, I will start doing this or that.” The possibilities are endless.
Being a committed Christian often means that we will make decisions, in essence a form of a vow, that we will live a certain way or either do or not do certain things. Although we are not perfect, and God understands our frailty, that is no excuse for so quickly forsaking the commitments we made to our God. God is looking for individuals who take commitments seriously. Those who when making a commitment say what they mean and mean what they say. Have you ever made a promise to God? The greater question is, did you keep that promise? Let us be Christians who are faithful to keep the commitments that we make to God. “Spiritual promises made; spiritual promises kept.” May this be our motto, one that we fulfill.
Do we have an emotional relationship and yet move on quickly, or are we concentrated and stick it out through good times and bad?
Often it seems our circumstances pause the dream. and as dreamers we get discouraged.