Summary: Believers have great reason to boast in God.
Boasting in the Greatness of God
There is a wonderful song in our hymnal that I would like for you to find and read with me. It is Hymn #122, All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name. As we read use your imagination as you picture the angels falling prostrate or all the redeemed from every age singing a great song of praise.
"All hail the power of Jesus’ name! Let angels prostrate fall;
bring forth the royal diadem, and crown him Lord of all…
Ye chosen seed of Israel’s race, Ye ransomed from the fall,
Hail him who saves you by his grace, and crown him Lord of all…
Let every kindred, every tribe, On this terrestrial ball,
To him all majesty ascribe, and crown him Lord of all
O that with yonder sacred throng we at his feet may fall!
We’ll join the everlasting song, and crown him Lord of all;
We’ll join the everlasting song, and crown him Lord of all!"
There is nothing so healthy and beneficial to the child of God than spending time praising God our Father. Whether you’re living in the valley this morning or you’ve been experiencing the mountaintops, nothing is so great an exercise as praising the Lord God! You can praise Him when you feel good, you can praise Him when you’re sick. You can praise Him when you’re rich, you can praise Him when you’re broke. You can rejoice in Him when you’re happy, you can rejoice when you’re sad. The Apostle Paul said, "Rejoice in the Lord alway, and again I say rejoice." The psalmist said, " Rejoice in the LORD, ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness."
Rejoice! Give praise to His holy name! "Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof." Oh, Brother Kevin! You just don’t know what I’m going through! You just don’t understand my circumstances! If you only knew! Well let me tell you brothers and sisters that it doesn’t matter what’s going on in your life, good or bad, you’ve got reason to praise the Lord and rejoice in the great God and King we serve! It’s not that you can’t praise Him; it’s not that you don’t have reason to rejoice – you just need to be reminded of some reasons to praise Him!
Every so often I receive an email that many of you have seen. It says…
· GOD is like FORD ... He’s got a better idea.
· GOD is like COKE ... He’s the real thing.
· GOD is like HALLMARK CARDS ... He cares enough to send His very best.
· GOD is like TIDE ... He gets the stains out that others leave behind.
· GOD is like GENERAL ELECTRIC ... He brings good things to life.
· GOD is like SEARS ... He has everything.
· GOD is like ALKA-SELTZER ... Try Him, you’ll like him.
· GOD is like SCOTCH TAPE ... You can’t see him, but you know He’s there.
· GOD is like DELTA ... He’s ready when you are.
· GOD is like ALLSTATE ... You’re in good hands with Him.
· GOD is like PAN AM... He makes the going great.
· GOD is like BAYER ASPRIN...He works wonders.
· GOD is like VO5 HAIR SPRAY...He holds through all kinds of weather.
Listen, I’m thankful that God is like all of that and even more. In fact, truth be told, God isn’t like any of those things – He greatly outstrips them all! Oh that we might…
"be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God. Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us. Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen."
Unto Him be glory in the church, unto Him be glory in our homes, and unto Him be glory in our lives!
Psalm 44:8 says,
"In God we boast all the day long, and praise thy name forever. Selah."
Now the psalmist said that they, God’s people, boasted of Him all the day long. This is an interesting statement considering where it is located. The seven verses before it tell of how they were reminded of all the good things God had done for them – they had great reason to boast of God. But the verses after it express doubt and sorrow because they felt as though God had forsaken them. God had not in fact forsaken them, but was allowing them to suffer the consequences of their own actions and attitudes about Him.