Vow, according to the Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary 7th Edition, is “a formal serious promise, especially a religious one, to do something.'' From Bible understanding, a vow is a serious promise or pledge made by a worshipper to do something for God if He grants the person his petition. In most cases, a vow is personal, that is, it is between an individual and God Almighty alone. Vows can be in form of material promise or devotional pledge. As a material promise, a vow is a physical or tangible item we intend to give to God (especially for use in His service) in return for granting our humble request. A vow is also a resolve we make to be more committed and dedicated to His service especially after experiencing His goodness in incredible circumstances.
Text:: “What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits towards me?... I will pay my vows unto the LORD now in the presence of all his people.”- Psalm 116:12,14.
Comment: King David, the Sweet Psalmist of Israel, was a man who tasted the goodness of God in so many ways, even right from his youthful days. The evidences include the following: God sent Samuel the Prophet to anoint him when he was just a teenager; helped him to defeat and kill Goliath and protected him throughout the period that King Saul wanted to take his life. God later promoted him King over Israel at the death of King Saul, and helped him defeat the Philistines and other enemies that surrounded the people of Israel. In appreciation of God's goodness on him, King David never failed to publicly express his gratitude to God in the presence of His people, and one of the ways by which he did this was by paying his vows, that is, fulfilling the pledge or promise he solemnly made to God. These can be clearly seen from the way he willingly and wholeheartedly contributed resources such as gold, silver, brass and all manner of precious stones in abundance for use in the building of the temple where God would be worshipped. (1Chronicles 29:2-17) He himself declared, “My praise shall be of thee in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that fear him.” (Psalm 22:25) We, as true worshippers of God, should not forget to fulfill our vows to God in appreciation of His goodness on us.