Paying Our Vows

Michael Beck

“I will pay my vows unto the LORD now in the presence of all his people.” (Psalm 116:14)

Vows are words, but they are not idle words. They are words spoken to both God and man by which we bind ourselves to a course of action. God will hold us accountable for our words. Paying our vows means following through with our promise. Scripture admonishes us not to renege on a vow. “When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed. Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.” (Eccles. 5:4,5)

The payment of a vow can be costly. Buyer’s remorse can grip us. Thoughts of escape can try to formulate. Love is vowed at the altar, but it is proven over a lifetime of trial and challenge. To keep a vow we will need God’s Spirit of power, love, and a sound mind at work in us. He who is Faithful and True must make us like Himself.

Any one of us can come up with reasons to call it quits. They sound good in our head; but God remembers the words we once solemnly spoke before Him. Those are the words that must chart our course.

May we be like our God who is faithful to His promises. “For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.” (2 Cor. 1:20) He will never leave or forsake those He has entered into covenant with. If the bond is broken it must be broken from our side. Stay true to your heavenly partner, keep your vow to love Him always. It is the vow that will keep you true to those on this earth, despite how rough the road appears.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.