Boasting

Psalm 34:1b-3, “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; the humble will hear it and rejoice. O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together.”

2 Corinthians 10:17-18, “But He who boasts is to boast in the Lord. For it is not he who commends himself that is approved, but he whom the Lord commends.”  

Who am I, a sinner ravaged by selfishness and pride, that God would look upon me with grace and magnanimous favor? All that I am, God has given. And yet, have I learned to boast in Him for His blessings? When will my heart glory in the only One worth bragging about? Boasting. My heart will always boast. But in whom is the question to be answered…

God is reminding me that He is the only One worth boasting about. It begins with His infinitely holy, magnificent, wonderful, majestic, powerful Being. Because He is God, His every attribute being perfectly awesome and exquisitely lovely, He is the only One of whom boasts should be made. If our hearts are swelling with pride, let it be a perfect pride, one that ever and always praises and exalts only the name of God, the Father and Ruler or all. Charles Spurgeon says this: “…boasting in God – a holy glorifying and extolling the Most High with words sought out with care that might magnify His blessed name. You will never exaggerate when you speak good things of God. It is not possible to do so. Try, dear brethren, and boast in the Lord.”

I have to be honest with you, dear reader. This is something that I am struggling with greatly. I do not boast in the Lord as much as I should. If you are reading this, it is probable that you have also read others of my posts. Or maybe this is your first time reading this blog. Regardless, you are seeing the ways that I believe the Lord is growing me in my love for Him, and you do not see the areas where I fail. Really, I am proud, abominably and sinfully so. Daily, I dishonor the Lord’s name in my heart, stealing His glory and His fame. If there is anyone who does NOT deserve reasons to boast in God, if there is any who certainly has not merited blessings from His hand, clearly it’s me.

But I will make a personal declaration: God has been blessing me. Beyond abundance and incomparable, His blessings are being poured out upon me like a waterfall at this point in my life. So you may ask why it is so difficult for me to boast in God when it is so obvious that He is the only One in whom I should boast. I must make a choice. Will I boast in Him? Knowing that my sinful heart and wicked flesh will try to shame me in my pride, and knowing also that God is THE ONLY ONE in whom there is any and all reasons to boast….. will I boast in His name? This is where the believer finds the true contents of his heart concerning his God. By God’s ever abundant grace, I pray that I, and all of my readers, will boast in God from now until eternity.

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One Response to “Boasting”
  1. Reblogged this on Persevering Hope and commented:
    I was going to make a post on this same subject, but I agree with everything Sierra has said. I have very little to add, as this is basically an echo of my own thoughts. J.C. Ryle spoke well in reference to pride and humility – “Remember how often Scripture sets before us the excellence of a humble spirit. How strongly we are warned “not to think of (ourselves) more highly than (we) ought to think!” (Rom. 12:3) How plainly we are told, “If anything thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know!” (1 Cor. 8:2). How strict is the command, “Put on humbleness of mind!”(Col. 3:12). And again, “Be clothed with humility” (1 Pet. 5:5). Sadly, this is a garment of which many seem not to have so much of a scrap.” – J.C. Ryle was very insightful in regards to pride. So, we know we are to practice humility; how do we do this? Where should we look? Christ Himself was the perfect example of humility. It was His defining characteristic when He was on earth. In Philippians 2:3-8, Paul speaks to this, saying: “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” The glorious Lord Jesus Christ, whose image we are to always be conforming to, is the complete and perfect example of selflessness, obedience, and humility. We cannot honor God without humility, for actions seemingly God-glorifying will only be tainted by impure motives of self-righteousness; pride, the very sin that cast Lucifer from the presence of God.

    As Sierra said, when the Lord blesses us, we are to boast in Him, and Him alone. It is our responsibility to do so, and we should at all times, especially in suffering. Paul speaks of this in 2 Corinthians 11:21-33. In verse 30, he says, “If I have to boast, I will boast of what pertains to my weakness.” Boast only of the sufferings and trials Christ has placed in your life, and by His grace, allowed and strengthened you to conquer. Please read and consider Sierra’s post. Examine yourself; where does pride exist in? For it does, the reader can be sure of that.

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