Journal Ps 9 (all references are from the ESV; changes in punctuation are mine)
“I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart;
I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.
I will be glad and exult in you;
I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.” (Ps 9:1-2)
Observation: “I will.” This is a phrase that implies total commitment to a behavior. In a time where nobody likes to be pinned down, the Bible doesn’t usually participate in “fuzzy” statements…
Analysis: In quality assurance systems where my work experience lies, the phrases: “I will; I shall; I must” aren’t phrases of “intention” (like “if I get around to it) but of “commitment, imperative, vital, essential, or crucial importance.”
So, where I see “I will…” genuine consideration should contain “I better think about my commitment to this (or any) statement because I wouldn’t want to fail.”
I should really consider the Gospel, especially around the biblical fact concerning my innate weakness in relation to my sin nature. I can say “I will…” as much as I want, have all the and strongest intention in the world, and still am susceptible to failure.
Therefore, indicative or imperative words and/or phrases, those things that are said or implied that backs me in a corner are important to understand in the context of the Gospel and progressive sanctification.
Lots of big words (I really think in these kinds of words, honest). The point I remind myself of daily is “I will…” is a part of learning to be a disciple with the inevitable failure, confession, repentance, and getting up again, and repeat as needed (which in my case is very often).
But, if I keep at it, determined to persevere through the applicable trials, maybe I will grow just a little in holiness—just maybe…
Prayer: Lord Jesus, I will (do this and that) in Your Name really means “I surrender to do Your Will.” That is what I think it means. AMEN.