Thursday, September 12, 2013

Hanging In The Balance

I've promised it once, and I'll promise it again, I will obey your righteous commandments...My life constantly hangs in the balance, but I will not stop obeying your instructions...I am determined to keep your decrees to the very end. ~ Psalm 119:105; 109; 112

Promises can be easily made, but kept with great difficulty to. Every last one of us has had to start-over again when it comes to fulfilling our pledges. To say otherwise would be akin to saying we never sin. Our failures should not be taken lightly, but at the same time there is a resident supply of hope, humility, and dogged determination that tells us we can confess our failings, return to our promises, and end strong. I believe that is what David is saying.

No matter how bright and cheery or dark and dismal our days may start, the directions and stories of our lives are always hanging in the balance. Life is about living, and living is an endless series of actions or reactions. For David, there were starts and stops in his commitment to his vows to God, but he tells us he decided that he would always return to his promises.

It is the same with us, we sometimes stop living committed to the righteous life, but like David, we can start or restart doing what we should have been doing all along. Failures will be part of our journey, but they need not define us. The most important thing we can do is realign all the stuff in our lives in obedience to God. His Spirit will always provide the resources to turn the page and get it right.

So...

We promised once--we will promise again. We obeyed once--we will obey again. Everyday two forces are vying to tip the scales of our spiritual gravity: give up, or begin-again. Our lives constantly hang in the balance... 

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