Text:: “Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the Most High, and call upon me in the day of trouble, I will deliver thee, and thou shall glorify me.'' - Psalm 50:14, 15.
Comment: One of the sure blessings we receive from God for paying our vows is deliverance and protection in times of trouble. In the world today, man is constantly faced with dangers, troubles or harm. Though, all these dangers lurk around us, yet God Almighty gives us the divine assurance that when we offer unto him thanksgiving and pay our vows (in appreciation of His goodness on us), He will never leave us but would be with us and deliver us in times of trouble as so clearly stated in today's text.
The “great woman” of Shunem was hospitable to Elisha the Prophet in providing him with food to eat whenever he passed. Without being prompted, she sought permission from her husband and offered to “make a little chamber, … on the wall” which she would furnish with “a bed, and a table, and a stool, and a candlestick” such that whenever he passed by he would go in there to rest. She actually did as she promised. For her kindness and support for the work of God, her womb was opened and she had a son. “And the woman conceived, and bare a son at that season that Elisha had said unto her, according to the time of life.” - 2 Kings 4:8-17.
Certainly, if we prove God, He would open the windows of heaven and pour us out blessings even more than we have space to receive. – Malachi 3: 10-12; Mark 10:28-30; 2 Corinthians 9:7,8.