By Holly Culhane
We’re all committed to something, whether it’s family, career, ministry, our Lord, a hobby, our appearance. We clearly communicate the priority of our commitments by the way we live and how we spend the time and money the Father has entrusted to us. Our devotion and enthusiasm really say it all.
When David became the shepherd King of Israel and Judah, he made specific commitments to the Almighty. His dedication was clear, and his passion true. He put those pledges to music, and we now know them as Psalm 101.
I will sing of your love and justice, Lord. I will praise you with songs.
I will be careful to live a blameless life — when will you come to help me?
I will lead a life of integrity in my own home. I will refuse to look at anything vile and vulgar.
I hate all who deal crookedly; I will have nothing to do with them.
I will reject perverse ideas and stay away from every evil. I will not tolerate people who slander their neighbors.
I will not endure conceit and pride. I will search for faithful people to be my companions.
Only those who are above reproach will be allowed to serve me.
I will not allow deceivers to serve in my house, and liars will not stay in my presence.
My daily task will be to ferret out the wicked and free the city of the Lord from their grip.
Praise, worship, integrity, unwavering dedication, godly companions, a biblical compass, humility, faithfulness, truthfulness, and surrounding oneself with those who do good – all requirements to live by God’s standards.
Interestingly, the commitments David made to the Father thousands of years ago also demonstrate what God requires of us today as His under-shepherds. We cannot influence and impact others with a Kingdom mindset if we are not fully devoted to the King Himself and the lifestyle He requires.
As I read and re-read David’s words, I had to ask myself if I was living in a way that demonstrates full commitment to the standards of the Father. As expected, I had some work to do and a few re-commitments to make.
Maybe taking a bit of time to evaluate your full commitment would be a good idea as well.
After all, the sheep in our lives deserve a fully devoted shepherd. Let’s provide it for them.