February 4, 2011

26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: The Letter V




Monte Holland

Several persons have expressed an interest in having my husband, the Rev. Monte W. Holland, post an online series of devotions. Through their encouragement, Monte will post a weekly devotion on CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS. To read the introduction click on 26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: Introduction. Click on 26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: The Letter U  to read the previous post on the letter U.

Return to this site each Saturday to read his devotions.  Carolyn C. Holland


      Vow and pay to the Lord your God: let all that be round him bring presents unto him that ought to be feared. (Psalm 76:11)

      The God of Victory and JudgmentTo the chief Musician on Neg´inoth, A Psalm or Song of Asaph. 7 Thou, even thou, art to be feared: and who may stand in thy sight when once thou art angry? 8 Thou didst cause judgment to be heard from heaven; the earth feared, and was still, 9 when God arose to judgment, to save all the meek of the earth. Selah. 10 Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee: the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain. 11 Vow, and pay unto the [Lord] your God: let all that be round about him bring presents unto him that ought to be feared. 12 He shall cut off the spirit of princes: he is terrible to the kings of the earth. (KJV)

     As I read these scriptures, I am reminded of a famous verse from Joshua. He led the Israelites into the Holy Land after they spent forty years in the Sinai Wilderness following their exodus from Egypt. Joshua spoke: As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!  This quote is excerpted  from the whole verse:

     15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the [Lord], choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the [Lord]. (Joshua 24:15 KJV)

     At this time not everyone chooses to stand in awe of God. Awe is treated as an option. Yet if take scriptures seriously, a few names God is known by are Creator, Sustainer, and Comforter. God is described as infinite, eternal, all-knowing, etc. These features alone drive me to pay attention to God and God’s Word. I cannot help but choose to serve the Lord.

     This is where it gets difficult. What does it mean to serve God? Persons who say they are serving God disagree about what that means. They probably agree with this verse that says to vow and pay to the Lord. Okay, but what presents should they bring? I would say that one thing we should present to God is the cleanest earth we can. A few examples of what others might say are that

  • personal gain is more important than saving the environment.
  • we should present as big and strong a U.S. military force and presence around the world to God.
  • each person in the world is valuable and that working for peace and equitable living conditions worldwide is the present to give to God.
  • spreading the Good News of Jesus around the world, even if it means civil and religious wars in many places, is the present that God wants.
  • spreading the Good News by sowing seeds of love and loving actions around the world and trusting God to bring in the harvest is the appropriate gift to God.

     Once we choose to vow and pay to God, our work has just begun. The next step is to immerse ourselves in the Scriptures and in prayer to more fully appreciate what God desires of us, what is an acceptable vow and gift.

     Too often, we let what we vow and pay be dictated by non-Scriptural influences, such as desire for personal riches and power; by pride in our nation and/or our ethnic heritage, and a variety of other categories.

To read 26 DEVOTIONS BASED ON THE ALPHABET: THE LETTER W, click on:  26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: The Letter W


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