Boasting

Psalm 75:4-5
4 “I said to the boastful, ‘Do not boast,’ And to the wicked, ‘Do not lift up the horn; 5 Do not lift up your horn on high, Do not speak with insolent pride.’ “

For most people, tooting your own horn comes so easy.  I do not think this is because we just love ourselves and think we are the most perfect person ever.  I think it is because we know ourselves.  We know how we fail.  We know our insecurities.  We see others and they come off as better than us.  They are more “together” than we are.  I believe this leads us to boasting in ourselves, so that we can come off better and it also seems to buffer what we want to hide.  That might work with people, but God knows better.  He knows us better than we know ourselves.

The Bible says if we are to boast, we need to do it only about God.  He alone deserves to be boasted about.  For He is the Creator of all.  He is the Lord of all.  He is the Savior of all who call out to Him.  We need to exalt God more and talk less about ourselves.  Have you seen a chart, where one thing is so high on it, it causes the the other items to barely show up on the chart at all?  That is how it is with us and God.  He is so high, we fail to show up.  How can you boast about yourself under those circumstances?  Boast in God!

Dear God, help my boasting be in You and You alone.  For You alone are only worthy of it.  Compared to You, I have nothing to boast about.  Help me to not compare myself to others, for it does neither me nor them any good.  Thank you for how truly great You are!  Nobody compares to You, Oh God!  May Your name be high and lifted up this day and forever.  Amen.

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