“I have sworn and I will confirm it, that I will keep Your righteous ordinances” [Psalm 119.106 NASB]
As most of us will freely admit, it is really exciting when we hear the beautiful and enticing voice of the Lord, but at the same time we may need to continually recall that privilege always brings responsibility.
David had heard a word from God and here he affirms that he will definitely keep what he has heard. Have you ever been entrapped in dire and desperate circumstances and at that time you may have made a promise to God which was like, "I will do what you require if only you will deliver me?"
When we were young in the faith, we could get away with a lot of misbehaviour and things going awry in our lives. However, as we continued to grow in the Christian life and our understanding is correspondingly enlarged, we start to soberly realize that God takes our words very seriously. In fact, the Spirit often reminds us that, "God will call the past to account" [Ecc. 3.15 NIV].
I often think that one of the most solemn words in the entire Bible is the word "Remember". For example, in the story of the rich man and Lazarus Jesus said to the man who was being tormented in the realm of the damned, "Son, remember …”
Are you aware of any unfulfilled promises and commitments, which in a highly emotionally charged meeting, you willingly made to God?
Near the end of His life, Jesus taught His disciples that friendship with God is dependent upon obedience [John 15.14].
Notice here that David was perplexed; he made a promise and he immediately faced persecution.
It is a well-attested Scriptural truth that our commitment to a consecrated life will lead to immediate and on-going conflict. For example, after God's acknowledgement and confirmation of Jesus as His Son, the enemy deliberately tried to sidetrack Him from walking in the way He had started [Matt. 4.1-11].
Have you let the irritating presence and the repeated pressure of the enemy affect your dedication to a devoted and surrendered life? Nobody wants to hear Him say when we see Him, "Remember …”
John said, "And now, dear children, continue to live in fellowship with Christ so that when He returns, you will be full of courage and not shrink back from him in shame" [1 John 2.28]. [David McArdle]