Monday, 12 December 2016

Boasting in God

For I will not trust in my bow, Nor shall my sword save me. But You have saved us from our enemies, And have put to shame those who hated us. In God we boast all day long, And praise Your name forever. Selah – Psalm 44.6-8

David here is in trouble, again. He is facing his enemies and the situation once again looks hopeless. All around him all he could see was trouble.

But he didn’t choose to focus on the trouble. He didn’t choose to look at the enemies ahead. Instead he chose to look back at what God had done for him in the past.

When we consider people we can trust one of the key things we look at is their track record.

David looks back at God’s track record. Of course when he did he saw that God had delivered them from all their enemies. He saw that God put to shame all who hated him.

So he decided to boast in God and praise His name forever.

We are just as liable to fear and trepidation as David was. We are uncertain of the future and it can be a scary thing.

James picks up on the idea that David mentioned. James says that we should see our tests differently than we are accustomed to. We dread trials and testings. They scare us. We don’t know what we are going to do next.

But James says that we are to count it as all joy when trials come because trials comes because trials bring patience and patience brings maturity because we learn how God can carry us through trials. So, the next time trials come we can look back and see what God did before.

When out trials come we need to look back at how God has worked in the past over and over again. He has always taken care of things, so why doubt him now?

And when that happens we can ‘boast’ in God’s ability to sort it out for us. We don’t think we can get through it, instead we know what God can do it. 

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