Power, Prayers and Promises

“I have taken an oath and confirmed it, that I will follow Your righteous laws.” -Psalm 119:106

An oath is binding. This kind of promise carries serious weight. The psalmist is not carelessly boasting with a half hearted attempt to please God. His desire is sincere, with a whole hearted devotion by God’s grace, to live out a life of holiness as commanded in Scripture. The aim of every believer is to please God. Here the psalmist is commenting on the direction of his heart as God is changing him. His desires are conforming to God’s will. What peace and happiness for the child of God who turns over his own plans and accepts God’s ways instead.

Every Christian can declare an oath like this before the Throne of God from the moment He calls you to be eternally His. We lose our lives to find a better one in Christ. All in Christ have been anointed and therefore possess the power to follow the Lord, to obey His commands. We are sinful creatures tied to the flesh, but only for a short while. There are spiritual victories over sin when we trust in the Spirit’s power, Jesus’ prayers on our behalf and the Father’s promises to help us to the end (1 Corinthians 1:8-9). I don’t believe the Lord gives us commands He doesn’t expect us to live out. Human strength is futile, but God’s power is made perfect in our weaknesses. His Holy Spirit will enable us to obey, binding our hearts to His with the everlasting covenant He made to all who love and know Him. Praise God!

Grace upon grace,

April

‘Before the Throne of God Above’ by Kristyn Getty

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