Text:: “I will go into thy house with burnt offerings: I will pay thee my vows, Which my lips have uttered, and my mouth hath spoken, when I was in trouble.” - Psalm 66:13, 14.
Comment: The text for today brings to light one of the reasons people make vows to God. Many people make vows to God when they are in difficult situations or facing great challenges. These include educational problems, marital problems, unemployment, health problems and some other very personal problems, etc. St. Paul charged us to always show appreciation to God when he said, “Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs and don't forget to thank him for his answers.'' (Philippians 4:6, Living Bible)
To show that we really appreciate the goodness of God in answering our prayers, we should fulfill the vow we made to Him when we were in difficulty, as in the text for today. We should recall that our Saviour complimented and blessed the Samaritan who came back to say “thank you” on seeing that he had been healed of his leprosy. This was the case with King David. He prayed to God to deliver his soul from death, and God truly delivered his soul, and he said he would pay his vow to God. He declared, “Then called I upon the name of the LORD; O LORD, I beseech thee, deliver my soul. … For thou hast my soul from death , mine eyes from tears, and feet from falling… I will pay my vows unto to the LORD now in the presence of all his people .'' – Psalm 116:4,8,18.