What does it really mean to have a relationship with God? A “relationship” can be such undefined terminology. I have a relationship with chocolate. We see each other often. Daily, usually.
What puts my interactions with God on a different plane than that?
Obviously it makes a difference that God loves me back. But just try to tell my taste buds that chocolate isn’t filled with affection for me. The feeling sure seems mutual.
One distinction that comes to mind about what a relationship with God can and should mean is something we don’t often talk about.
God is committed to us. His love never lets go.
What does it look like for us to be committed to Him?
I wonder if it looks something like Psalm 101.
Because when I read the “I will…” followed by “I will…” followed by “I will…,” I can’t help but think of wedding vows.
And though I might have chosen different vows than the ones made by David, that doesn’t throw me off too much. After all, we live in different countries and cultures thousands of years apart from one another. And, have very different roles. He was a king after all, and I am not a queen of anything but clumsiness.
But, I hear his commitment and I respect it. He is making promises to God about how He will live.
If this is a contract kind of situation, which is how I have sometimes read it, this doesn’t feel very loving. If David is committing to do these things because of what he will get in return, or out of fear of what will happen if he doesn’t do them, then this Psalm feels like shallow religion.
But what if it is more like wedding vows? What if they are a voicing of David’s desire to please the One he loves? What if David is fully aware that he will fail at some of these things, but wants to try anyway? What if David knows these promises might not be the 100% correct theology, but is more worried about the heart than the accuracy?
I will sing of your love and justice; to you, LORD, I will sing praise. I will be careful to lead a blameless life— when will you come to me? I will conduct the affairs of my house with a blameless heart. I will not look with approval on anything that is vile. – Psalm 101:1-3
If I read this Psalm as wedding vows, I can see something in it for me. I can find inspiration to speak my commitment to God, and hear His commitment to me.
We are in this together, God and I. I am committed to Him, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish as long as I shall live.