Powerful “I Will” Promises That Will Inspire Integrity

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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.

King David made a list of "I will" promises to help him live with integrity. He wanted to honor God as he ruled over His people. Although he didn't keep it perfectly he gave us something to follow.

Let’s Pray…

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.

King David made a list of "I will" promises to help him live with integrity. He wanted to honor God as he ruled over His people. Although he didn't keep it perfectly he gave us something to follow.

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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  1. Sorry to have missed so many posts recently, Deb, but we’ve been out of town visiting the grands. Now that we’re back, I don’t intend on missing your blog in the near future.
    Thank you for inspiring us all today with your reflection!

    1. Kathy Francescon says:

      Welcome back, Martha! You were surely missed!! Hope ur visit was most wonderful! Blessings for a wonderful day!

    2. We’re missed you, Martha! I’m glad you were able to get away and spend time with your family. I’m sure it was a wonderful blessing for all of you. Thanks for being such a wonderful friend and encourager. Blessings and hugs!

  2. Kathy Francescon says:

    Loved this today, Deb! And the words of your prayers reflected parts of my own prayers this morning! I do not ever want to break any promises to God, so instead of using “I will,” I tell Him
    “I will strive, or “I hope to.” Of course, asking the Holy Spirit to help me in my striving and hopes to always live according to God’s Word and His will for me. I can promise Him that “I will” love Him
    with all my heart and soul, and “I will” worship and praise Him and give Him the glory for all things! And I am still amazed at how you come up with such wonderful varying topics, to help us grow ever deeper into our faith, trust, love and obedience to our Lord and Savior. I WILL promise to always do my best…and I will strive daily to improve on my best! Blessings and prayers to this wonderful little community that I am so thankful to be a part of and the wonderful teacher that God has blessed us to have! Love you all so very much!

    1. Thanks for your kindness once again, Kathy! I so appreciate your comments on varying topics. It can feel like I’m writing about the same things repeatedly, although the message of Jesus can’t be repeated to often. Anyway, once again, your words blessed and encouraged me. I pray you have a wonderful day!

  3. You always give me much to think about and ponder on with your posts. I do know that I always tell God I love him and I am grateful for his mercy and his love. I am glad that you pointed out once again, God’s patience. I am grateful for you and your continuing wisdom and knowledge.
    Blessings to a wonderful lady and friend.

    1. Thank you, Sue! Your comments always bless me. Thank you for the beautiful way you share your faith and lift us up with encouragement. Blessings and hugs!

  4. Ana Cordova says:

    Beautiful topic and very inspirational knowing we are never alone. Since it is very difficult for to follow God’s commandments without sinning. If we hold onto him spiritually and with integrity anything is possible. Please help me dear Lord to walk with you daily so you can be my light and armor to withstand the evil that surrounds me everywhere. Give me the grace and mercy to always trust in you to help me carry my cross just like you did for our love and sins. Blessings Deb and all the wonderful persons who follow you that God continues to work with us to be in communion with him daily.

    1. God bless you, Ana! I am always blessed by your prayers and the beautiful way you pour out your heart. Have a wonderful day!

  5. Well written! I so want to hear God say, “She did everything I wanted and told her to do.” Unfortunately… However, I will continue to ask forgiveness and do my best to follow His Word and Ways.
    Blessings to you and yours!

    1. Me too, Marie! Me too! Our greatest blessing is that of being covered with God’s grace and mercy receiving His forgiveness through our Savior. God’s blessings, Friend!