Bragging On God.
“Sing about the glory of his name! Tell the world how glorious he is. Say to God, ‘How awesome are your deeds!'” – Psalms 66:2-3 NLT
How great is your God? How much do you brag about Him? When was the last time you just had to tell someone else what God has done for you?
In these three Psalms, we have a virtual love-fest where the attributes and actions of God are shouted from the roof tops. Whether it’s His forgiveness, answers to prayers, creative power, abundant provision, past miracles, present protection, or attentive ear; there is much for the Psalmists to brag about when it comes to God. And he just can’t keep silent. He has to tell the world just how glorious and great his God is. His God has a history of greatness and goodness. His God is compassionate and caring. His God is powerful and yet, at the same time, merciful.
He sacrifices to God, not out of some sense of duty, but out of delight. After all God has done for him, it is the least he could do for God. And he gives God his very best. He wants anyone and everyone to know about the greatness of God. And he wants to hear others talk about the greatness of God, too. “Say to God, ‘How awesome are your deeds!'” (Psalms 66:3 NLT). He is reminding everyone he knows, Israelite and non-Israelite, that God is responsible for the world in which they live, the blessings of nature they enjoy, any abundance they may experience, or any periods of peace they may benefit from. God is responsible for it all. And as His people, we also get to enjoy His forgiveness, mercy, and abundant grace. We of all people have a lot to shout about. But sometimes we remain silent, only speaking up to utter a complaint or an poorly aimed finger of accusation against God for what we believe to be His silence, undeserved punishment, or poor timing.
Maybe if we thought more about God’s awesome deeds, we would recognize them when they come. Maybe if we were more thankful for what He has done, we would be more grateful and expectant for what He is going to do. If our God is great, and He is, why don’t we brag about Him more? Why don’t we sing His praises, even outside the context of a worship service on a Sunday morning? May we say along with the Psalmist, “Come and listen, all you who fear God, and I will tell you what he did for me.” (Psalm 66:16 NLT).
Father, You are a great God and greatly to be praised. I apologize for the many times I have spent complaining instead of proclaiming Your greatness and goodness. I have much to praise You for. Help me to see it, shout it, and give You glory for it. Amen
Grow Pastor & Minister to Men