This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Caleb Beller.
A Psalm of David. I will sing of mercy and justice; To You, O LORD, I will sing praises. (Ps 101:1)
I am often asked at a wedding, when are the participants married? Is it the kiss? Is it the pronouncement? I would argue that the part of the ceremony that holds the most significance, is the “vows.” At that moment two people, before God and witnesses are making a commitment to treat this relationship differently than all others.
David in this Psalm seems to be sharing something similar. The King makes multiple declarations of what he will & won’t do. Two observations as you pray through David’s declaration of love.
First vows are relational. They are said to “someone” not “something.” David is expressing his love to God as a response to God’s love for him. The Bible says. (1Jo 4:19) We love Him because He first loved us. Have you ever stopped to consider what Jesus has pledged to you? What He has done to show His love, and how He continues to love you?
Second David’s vows are filled with practical ways he can live out his love. Some are things he will do, “sing and honor” others he chooses not to do, “I will set nothing wicked before my eyes.” Just like David, we also should take time to consider expressing our love in a practical and personal way. Ps 101 express a commitment to worship, a commitment to holiness, a commitment to healthy relationships, and a commitment to forsaking things that seek to poison or undermine your relationship.
Let us all take some time today to consider what we have vowed or should vow in response to Jesus’ love for us.