Text:: “Vow, and pay unto the LORD your God: let all that be round about him bring presents unto him that ought to be feared.'' – Psalm 76: 11.
Comment: The text for today shows that vows can be in various forms, depending on what the individual solemnly promises to give to God for granting his/her desires. Sometimes vows can be in material, physical or tangible forms such as gifts or presents (in cash or kind) presented to support the work of God. In Proverbs 3:9, 10, King Solomon admonished worshippers of God when he said “Honour the LORD with thy substance, … so shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.'' Having pledged in our minds to present such things in support of the work of God, St Paul enjoined us that we should go ahead to perform it when he said, “Now therefore perform the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to will, so there may be a performance also out of that which ye have.'' – 2 Corinthians 8:11.
However, the most important vow which is common to all worshippers is that of the resolve to do the will of God all the days of our lives, as new creatures. (2 Corinthians 5:17) He also exhorted, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. …that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” - Romans 12:1, 2.