Tuesday’s Time

Vow and pay unto the Lord your God: let all that be round about him bring presents unto him that ought to be feared (Psalm 76:11).
It is one thing to make a promise; it is another, to fulfill that promise. Satan makes many promises, but fails miserably in keeping them. Peter describes false teachers as: wells without water and clouds which provide no rain (II Peter 2:17). False teachers receive their doctrine from Satan and it is Satan who fails in his promises. While encouraging the children of Israel to be faithful unto God, Joshua reminded them that God had not failed in one good thing that He had promised unto them (Joshua 23:14);  Paul exhorted Titus with the assurance that God cannot lie (Titus 1:2).
As children of God, we should not follow the example of Satan, but of God. In obedience to the gospel, we make promises (vows) to God and we are to keep these vows. We keep our vows to God, because He is God; we keep our vows to God because He is worthy; we keep our vows to God because He deserves it; we keep our vows to God because He desires it; we keep our vows to God because we own Him and we keep our vows to God because we love Him.
The psalmist stated that God “ought to be feared.” An understanding of the word “pay” in reference to our “vow” will help with the understanding of the fear to be held toward God. The word “pay” has its etymology in a word meaning: to be safe (in mind, body or estate); figuratively, to be completed; by implication, to be friendly; by extension, to reciprocate:– make amends,  make good, (re) pay (again), recompense, render, requite, make restitution. God “ought to be feared” because we owe Him and therefore we must “pay” him. We owe God a debt that by ourselves we can never repay, but through Christ Jesus our Lord our debt can be payed in full. How grateful would you be toward someone who payed ever debt you ever acquired? God did more than that: God payed the debt we acquired and of which it was impossible to repay.
Therefore, let us vow and pay unto God.