Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Bragging On God

READ Psalm 17-18

Today I want to comment a bit differently than normal. You might think I am not commenting on the Scripture itself but that is not correct. This is a part of the Scripture, as written by David, though it is not included in the verse numbering that we are accustomed to. Remember, these numbers were added later.

What I’m referring to is the inscription at the beginning of Psalm 18. “To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, the servant of the LORD, who addressed the words of this song to the LORD on the day when the LORD rescued him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul. He said:”

Why am I commenting on this inscription? Because it is a record of what David did. Psalm 18, as a whole, is a Psalm of praise written on the occasion of God’s rescue of David from his enemies and Saul. You and I should learn and be encouraged by what David did.

First, he recognized that it was God indeed who had rescued him. Though David may have been strong in battle and clever in his strategies, he knew that his strength and wisdom came from the Lord. Do we always recognized God’s hand in the good things that happen to us? We should, shouldn’t we?

Second, David took time, not only to thank and praise the Lord but to write it down for others to read and join him in the praise of God. Paul tells us these things in the OT were written “for our instruction.” (1 Cor 10:11) When we recognize that God has blessed us in any way, let’s be sure to stop and give him the praise and glory due to him. And then let us share with others what God has done for us. Believe me, your brothers and sisters in the Lord will be encouraged by hearing of God’s blessing in your life.

Prayer: Father, every good and perfect gift comes from you. Help us to be very alert and discerning to see your hand at work in our lives. Help us to have sincere hearts of gratitude for what you have done for us. And help us to encourage others by bragging on you. Let our boasts always be in you.

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