Everything we do in life is the result of a choice or decision we make. Every choice has its consequence or outcome. There are times when we make a choice, and we are pleased with the outcome or result. Other times we make decisions that hurt or haunt us; bring results that embarrass us or bring our lives or our goals to a grinding halt. Sometimes the results of the choices we make force us to look carefully at what we have done with our lives. Every choice, however, contributes to the legacy that we will leave behind us.
David made some especially important decisions that caused him pain and suffering, grief and fear. He knew that he was often disobedient to the promises he made to God and knew that he had to face the consequences of his choices. With deep humility he recognized the poor decisions he made and said, “I am under vows to You, O God!” Making a commitment or decision to honor and serve God is serious. It is not to be made without considering the implications it will have on our lives and the lives of others. A vow to God can be the beginning of a chapter of righteous living.
We all know of the tragedies in David’s life because he consciously broke his vows to God. With careful planning and deliberate choices, he committed crimes against both God and man. He knew what he deserved but went to God and repented, asked for and then received His forgiveness. The result? “You have delivered me from death...that I may walk before You in the light of life.”
Prayer: We pray, Lord, that You will make us conscious of the choices we make and their consequences. May we seek Your power to walk in paths of righteousness that please You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: I am under vows to you, my God; I will present my thank offerings to you. Psalm 56:12
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