In most cases, we dislike a braggart – a self-occupied, self-assured, arrogant and boastful person who flaunts his perceived successes, abilities, and sense of superiority to everyone who will listen (and even to those who won’t).
Having said that, I’m going to do a little “boasting” today! Not the self-absorbed kind though… I’m going to “boast in the Lord!”
I just finished reading Psalm 34 this morning and if I were to describe its contents, I’d say David was “boasting in the Lord!” He was trying to tell us, his readers, “It pays to trust in the Lord! It pays to serve Him!” That’s really the whole psalm… In fact, David comes right out and says that in the first three verses…
“I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. MY SOUL will MAKE ITS BOAST IN THE LORD! Let the humble hear and be glad. Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together!” (Psalm 34:1–3 ESV)
Did you notice the infectious, communicable, influential nature of that “boasting”? There is power in a decision to personally praise the Lord. It starts with one person resolving to bless, praise, magnify and exalt the Lord… regardless of circumstances or situation! And before long others are joining in, the atmosphere around the “praise-er” changes, the humble or afflicted “hear it and are gladdened,” and a lot of other people end up “exalting His name together!” It’s the power of a positive influence!
So… I’m going to “boast in the Lord” today! I’m going to tell others what He has done, how faithful He is, how completely good He is! I’m going to tell them that He answers prayer (He’s answered mine, after all, over and over again!) He’s forgiven my sin and transformed my life! He’s rescued me when I’ve cried out to Him (and even sometimes when I haven’t). He’s kept His promises! He’s never failed me! I’ve faced all kinds of problems and gone through great trials (I could tell you about some of them) but He’s never forsaken or failed me – “He’s delivered me out of all of them!”
Yes, I know I’m boasting! I hope it isn’t offensive to you – I’m boasting in the Lord! I hope it encourages you today! I’m telling you from the bottom of my heart, it pays to trust the Lord and serve Him!”
Oh yes, and let me encourage you to read the entire psalm that provoked this little boasting tirade today… Psalm 34!