“The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours out speech,
and night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words,
whose voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.
In them he has set a tent for the sun,
which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.
Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
and its circuit to the end of them,
and there is nothing hidden from its heat.” Psalm 19:1-6
“Let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.” Jeremiah 9:24
“Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 1:31
There are days when the late western sky beckons all the attention with its array of clouds and colors painted by the parting sun, but the rest of the sky shouts, “Look at me! Me too.” Just before the sun dipped, I glanced eastward, then south, to see if there was any splendor reflected in the opposite direction. Oh my. What is it about our atmosphere and the curvature of the earth that rivals the west by spreading the grandeur of the sunset in every direction?
When we see such skies, such breathtaking displays of the Creator’s exquisite mastery, how, or in what, can we boast ourselves? Is there anything more beautiful, bigger, lovelier, better, stronger, more clever, more captivating, more inspiring, that I could have imagined or accomplished myself? Nothing compares with this jarring blaze of gorgeous at the end of a gentle day, and nothing better humbles me before the love, and creativity, and kindness, and delight of my Maker. He even added a segment of rainbow, like an artist adding one more swipe of colorful intrigue. Was it an afterthought, or foreplanned in His elegant design? I can only bow.
When I am taken up with my Lord, hidden in Him, in love with Him, and captivated by His work in this world, I cannot also be a show-off. Acknowledging that all I have and am is from Him, that He created me for His glory, guards against self-boasting. Drinking deep from His Word, and spending time contemplating His character, I will find that my brag is about Him– who He is, how He changes us and orchestrates all life and history. (Isaiah 43:7; John 3:27)
Do we spend too much time thinking about ourselves, focusing on improving, or discovering, or producing, or becoming who we are? How could our time be more spiritually fruitful and God-exalting if we meditated on our Holy God, and conformed our thinking to His as revealed in His word? What in me needs to decrease so He can increase, and glorify Himself through me to those with whom I interact? (John 3:30; Romans 12:2)
Mighty Lord, please show off through and all around me. Mold my life to be a boast of You, a melodious shout and grand applause to Your glory. May all I am and do point others to You alone.