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Saturday/Sunday: September 6, 2019


“I will boast in the Lord.” (Psalm 34:2)

One source defines boasting as, “To speak with pride.” After reading that I realized how often I speak about myself. I want people around me to know what I have done, what I possess, who I know, or what I know. I find I often start conversations with those ends in mind or I quickly try to maneuver the discussion so it focuses on me. To be honest, these are mostly efforts to make me feel good in areas where I believe I do not measure up.

The Psalmist, however, reminds us we should “speak with pride” when we speak of God. Paul, in his presentation of the gospel in Romans, told us we cannot boast in being good enough but rather we should boast in God’s unmerited favor He extends to us.

So, how do we transition our boasting from focusing on ourselves to focusing on God? Jeremiah 9:23 states we should boast in the fact that we know God through His attributes. “But the one who boasts should boast in this, that he understands and knows Me — that I am Yahweh, showing faithful love, justice, and righteousness on the earth.” To put it in to today’s vernacular, God is the “celebrity.” We are just someone fortunate enough to know Him.

So in the future, when we are tempted to steer a conversation toward ourselves, let’s start “speaking with pride” about God. Focus on all the specific ways He has blessed us. Point to His acts of love, justice, and righteousness for all of humanity.

I think John the Baptist had it right when he spoke of Jesus; “He must increase, I must decrease” (John 3:30).

Question: When you are able to direct a conversation, who or what is typically the focus?

Challenge: Take personal inventory of the intent of your conversations. Who is lifted up more, you or God?

Prayer: God forgive me when I often try to step into the light that should be pointed at You only. May the Holy Spirit teach me to boast in You.

Chris Hail, Chapel Leader -- Jackson Generals

Baseball Chapel
P.O. Box 10102
Largo, FL 33773

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