How good are you at keeping resolutions? How about “I will” promises?
I’d like to say that every time I make an “I will” declaration I’ve had perfect follow-through but the truth is I’m like the rest of you . . . my record isn’t 100%
Psalm 101 is attributed to David. It is believed to have been written during the early part of his reign as the King of Israel.
And it contains a list of “I will” standards that David wanted to adhere to as he ruled over God’s people…
- I will sing of Your love and justice. (v. 1)
- I will praise You. (v. 1)
- I will live a blameless life. (v. 2)
- I will live with integrity. (v. 2)
- I will keep away from all things vile and vulgar. (v. 3)
- I will avoid the ways of wickedness and evil. (v. 4)
- I will not tolerate those who slander or live with a prideful arrogant heart. (v. 5)
- I will make companions of Your faithful people. (v. 6)
- I will not allow liars to stay in my presence. (v. 7)
- I will make it my goal to free the city of wickedness. (v. 8)
David knew that if he wanted to live with integrity, it was necessary to never allow wickedness, evil thoughts, slander, and pride anywhere in his life. That’s an admirable goal. One we should all want to follow.
And one that’s impossible to achieve on our own!
We need God’s help.
David knew he needed God’s help, too.
In verse 2, after saying that he wanted to live a blameless life of integrity, David added…
I will ponder the way that is blameless. Oh when will You come to me? I will walk with integrity of heart within my house.Psalm 101:2
“When will You come to me?”
Unless God is with us we cannot walk the path He wants for us. Throughout Scripture, we are told that when God’s will was accomplished by someone “the Lord was with” them.
You and I are so very blessed. Because of Jesus, when we place our faith in Him, we have the Holy Spirit with and within us.
The Apostle John wrote…
I am writing these things to warn you about those who want to lead you astray. But you have received the Holy Spirit, and He lives within you, so you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know, and what He teaches is true—it is not a lie. So just as He has taught you, remain in fellowship with Christ.1 John 2:26–27
We remain in fellowship with Christ Jesus through God’s Word, worship, prayer, and sharing His love in community with each other.
So, may we prayerfully surrender our “I will” promises to Lord. May we ask Him to help us trust and obey His will. May the presence of the Holy Spirit give us everything we need to keep our “I will” promises and live with integrity.
A Prayer to Give My “I Will” Promises to God
Father, I thank and praise You for giving Your Son, Jesus, as a sacrifice for my sins. I thank and praise You for Your patient love and forgiveness. I thank and praise You for the countless ways You provide for me each day.
Lord, I want to honor and glorify You with every part of my life. I want to make and keep every “I will” promise that I make to You. But I know I need Your help because no matter how hard I try . . . I fail. I want to live a blameless life of integrity but I don’t. I want to stay away from all things wicked and evil but it’s all around me. I want to have close relationships with Your people and do all I can to make Your world a better place. Please forgive me and help me
Please fill me with Your Spirit that I might KNOW Your heart. Please give me the wisdom I need to make “I will” promises that are pleasing to You. Please give me the courage and strength I need to keep those promises. Please help me live my life for Your glory.
Father, I love You! I give myself to Your loving care. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
As I read through this Psalm, I was inspired by David’s deep desire to trust and obey God as he ruled over God’s people. Yet, we know that as time went on he committed adultery, murder, and gave in to pride. He did not keep His promises. He was a sinner.
Like me. Like you.
We may not be guilty of committing adultery or murder but we are all guilty of failing to obey God’s will perfectly. We’re all guilty and we all need God’s grace and mercy.
And like David, we can go to our loving Heavenly Father in repentance and ask for His forgiveness, and when we do . . . He faithfully and lovingly removes our sins.
If we confess our sins, He will forgive our sins, because we can trust God to do what is right. He will cleanse us from all the wrongs we have done.1 John 1:9 (NCV)
Remember . . . God called David a “man after my own heart.”
God said, “I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart. He will do everything I want him to do.”Acts 13:22
So, make your “I will” promises to honor God and live with integrity. Ask God for His Spirit’s help, and do all you can to keep those promises. Repent when you fail and praise God for His forgiveness and all-sufficient grace.
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