Promises Promises

2 He swore an oath to the Lord,
he made a vow to the Mighty One of Jacob:
3 “I will not enter my house
or go to my bed,
4 I will allow no sleep to my eyes
or slumber to my eyelids,
5 till I find a place for the Lord,
a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob.” Psalm 132:2-5

King David promised the Lord that he would do whatever it took to find a dwelling place for the Lord, that is, the ark of the Lord.

Now, did David go for weeks and months without sleep in order to do this? Probably not. It’s similar to us saying, “We will not rest until that person is brought to justice!”

It’s a tireless pursuit that drives a person forward.
It’s a reason for existing.

This was David’s promise.

Promises are a good thing when they’ve been thought through to the end. However, the Bible does caution us about making promises and not keeping them.

But most of all, my brothers and sisters, never take an oath, by heaven or earth or anything else. Just say a simple yes or no, so that you will not sin and be condemned. James 5:12

Just say a simple, ‘Yes, I will,’ or ‘No, I won’t.’ Anything beyond this is from the evil one. Matthew 5:38

It’s easy enough to make a promise at the end of an inspiring sermon only to forget about it the next day. Just be careful when making promises.

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