Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | July 8, 2013

July 8, 2013 “A Vow To Praise God”

“I’ll be the poet who sings your glory-and live what I sing every day.” (Psalm 61:8- The Message)

Good Morning and a Blessed New day to All!

“I promise I will clean up my room right after I get home from school.” “This is my last dish of ice cream this week…I swear it!” “I am going to attend church regularly this year…not like last year.”  Have you ever taken a vow or made a promise of some sort? Those of you who are married certainly have. Those of you who stood by the baptismal font at church did. I am sure there are countless other occasions that you have promised to do something, like the examples I shared. Mary Poppins called such vows when not kept,  “Pie Crust promises….easily made…easily broken.”  Worthy promises of any sort should never be made lightly. They are vows meant to be kept. David made a sacred vow to the Lord. His vow was to spend time praising God each day. Like us, David knew good times and difficult times in his life. Through them all, David kept his vow and continually praised God. In fact, in 1 Chronicles 16:4, we read that “He appointed some of the Levites to minister before the ark of the Lord, to make petition, to give thanks, and to praise the Lord, the God of Israel.” They were directed to do this continuously.David understood the worthiness of God to receive continual thanksgiving and praise, and took action to assure that thanks and praise would be made before Almighty God so long as he ruled. Would you make such a vow? Do you find something in your life each day for which God is deserving of your praise? If you have not, look a little harder. It surely is there. You have life. You have family and friends who love you. You live in a free country. You have been redeemed by God’s grace. As you consider God’s manifold blessings, you will find your heart elevated from daily distractions to lasting confidence. Like David, vow to praise God each day. Let’s pray!

Beloved and Glorious God: We join the chorus of praise lifted up to you in the heavenly places by praying ‘Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise.’ Holy be Your Name, O Lord our God. We praise you, and vow to praise you every day we live. Glory be to You now and forever more. Amen!

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