In a great many settings today commitment is seen as something which is highly likely to limit our lifestylesand curtail our comforts. In the Christian sphere, you could be forgiven for thinking that this picture would obviously be different, that people would be, as Jesus commanded, daily and willingly taking up their crosses and in no way showcasing commitment aversion.
The maxim: “Strong commitment to God requires sufficient conviction about God” points at ‘sufficient conviction’ being the missing ingredient which explains this strange disconnect.
Psalm 119 verses 57-64 speaks about both themes. Strong commitment emerges as three times it repeats the same Hebrew word for keeping, following or obeying God. This is the secondary or minor stress of the section. The uppermost emphasis, however, is reserved for sufficient conviction and comes with the opening Hebrew word of the first and the last lines of the section. The first line says: “You are my portion, O LORD;…”.
If someone says: ‘Lord Jesus you are my portion, you are my lot in life’, then you are hearing an expression, not so much of commitment, but of conviction. King David had this and said: “My soul finds rest in God alone”.
Someone who has a singular conviction about God being their lot and portion in life, will also have grasped a second equally seminal conviction which comes from the last line: “The earth is filled with your love, O LORD;…” The steadfast love of the LORD is absolutely everywhere and is to be beheld, experienced and thrilled over. This missing ingredient, this ‘sufficient conviction’ about God, do you have it? If you do, it will almost certainly show itself as a strong and immovable commitment to God – Hallelujah!