“My soul will make its boast in the Lord; the humble will hear it and rejoice” Psalm (34:2).
We are creatures who enjoy boasting. My first car was a 1969 Mustang. I bought it in 1977. With only 37,000 miles on it, and having been owned by an older gentleman, it looked brand new. I remember boasting to a friend about how great the car looked, rubbing my hand over the finish, saying, “It has hardly any scratches.” To my surprise and regret, later that very same day a pick-up truck backed into the passenger side of my car — so much for “hardly any scratches.”
As new creatures in Christ (II Corinthians 5:17), Christians enjoy boasting in our Lord. We also enjoy hearing others boast in the Lord. Hearing of another believer’s confidence in God — in who God is and what he is doing — brings great encouragement to our hearts.
The young man David boasted in the Lord when he faced the mighty warrior Goliath. As David approached this giant of a man to do battle, Goliath cursed and mocked David saying, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the sky and the beasts of the field” (I Samuel 17:43-44). Meanwhile, David resolutely went toward Goliath with great confidence in the Lord saying, “You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have taunted. This day the Lord will deliver you up into my hands ...” (I Samuel 17:45-46).
This same David wrote these words to encourage all who read them: “Some boast in chariots and some in horses, but we will boast in the name of the Lord, our God” (Psalm 20:7).
J. Hudson Taylor, missionary to China in the 1800s, walked with God with a great confidence in God’s faithfulness. He is known as a man of prayer who boasted in God’s provision to care for him and his Church day by day. He loved the hymn, “Jesus, I am resting, resting, in the joy of what Thou art.” On one occasion he was informed by a colleague that the monthly support for the entire mission had fallen short by well more than 50 percent of the need. While the colleague was perplexed as to what to do, J. Hudson Taylor reportedly said to his friend, “Let’s pray and see what God will do.”
Brother and sister, in Christ put your confidence in the Lord. Whatever your circumstances, boast in the creator God, who gave his life and rose from the dead for you. He is faithful. Let us boast in him bringing joy to others and encouraging them to do the same.