Make vows to the Lord your God and fulfill them; let all the neighboring lands bring gifts to the One to be feared. Psalm 76:11
Matthew Henry, a noted Bible commentator, wrote centuries ago, “As God’s mercies are new every morning toward his people, so his anger is new every morning against the wicked.” The 76th Psalm stands as a testament to this truth about our Heavenly Father. God certainly hates sin to say the least and His holiness requires Christians to have a righteous anger against sin. Therefore as Christians, we vow to try to live sin free lives and when we falter, humbly ask for forgiveness.
In today’s passage, the psalmist reminds us to make our vows to the Lord, fulfill them, and let the neighboring lands know it! Perhaps in today’s world making a vow to the Lord is an uncommon thing. Besides, what kind of vow could someone make that has been diagnosed with Early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, another form of dementia, or some serious illness? Well, let me offer some suggestions:
- To live faithfully in spite of your disease
- To serve as you are able
- To attend church regularly to worship God or listen to a church service if you are homebound
- To continue reading and studying your Bible or have the Bible read aloud if you can no longer read
- To maintain an active prayer life as you pray for the needs of others
- To continue to love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind.
These are but a few vows that can be made even with a diagnosis of early stage dementia or some other illness. I have added another vow to my list which is to write devotions of love and encouragement for as long as God will give me strength, mental capacity, and insight into the scriptures.
God calls each of us to do something for His glory no matter what our circumstances may be. If you are struggling with illness, think of a vow you can fulfill for God. It will give your life purpose, bring you peace, and draw you closer to your Heavenly Father. Who knows, it might even let all the neighboring lands know how truly great your God is!