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We are at the midpoint of 2019.  This is a good opportunity for us to reflect upon those resolutions we made at the beginning of the year.  Many of us made vows to the Lord that this was going to be a different year.  We vowed to be more sacrificial, more loving, and more forgiving. We probably made some promises to the Lord that we were going to serve Him better, love our family and neighbors better, and the list probably could go on and on.  In other words, we were going to honor God more.  Before I go any further in this devotion, the question that I pose today is,  have you fulfilled the vows you made just recently?  I don’t even want to begin to think about the vows we made in the past that we have not yet kept. Then I ask you to take the time to read the scripture from which this devotion is taken, Psalm 116:18:

“I will fulfill my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people—

Here the psalmist indicates that he is going to honor his vows in the presence of the people.  This is an expression of the psalmist’s gratitude.  In the preceding verses, he indicates he will render unto the Lord thanksgiving in the temple for all the Lord has done for him. He had been delivered from death and set free.  The Lord has heard his cry and pitied his groan.  Therefore, he wants to keep his commitment and honor the vow he made. Whether we have kept our vows or not, God has remained faithful.  We, too, can say like the psalmist, “He has delivered us from the enemy”, and He has blessed our going and our coming.  What can we offer the Lord as an expression of our gratitude? He owns everything; the least we can do is fulfill the promises we have made.  We have heard this before, “Lord if you get me out of this trouble, I’ll serve you until I die.”  We can add so many things under that, but whatever we add, God has been true. The question is, what about us?

Psalm 116:18 (NLT)