Bragging Rights -- By Dean Masters

"Sing to the Lord , all the earth. Tell of his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples. For great is the Lord , and greatly to be praised; he is to be revered above all gods. For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but the Lord made the heavens. Honor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his place." (1 Chronicles 16:23-27 NRSV)

We don't have bragging rights in ourselves but in the Scripture we have the right and are commanded to brag about our great God to the whole world. We are to sing His praises everywhere. We are to tell everyone of His salvation and of His miracles.

God is a great God who made heaven and earth and everything therein. He is not an idol made of wood or stone that does not live and never did live. To Him belong all honor and majesty. We need to let everyone know this.

Some Bible versions say we are to fear God, where this one says we are to revere him. We are not to be afraid of God but to worship him and let him love us. There is joy and strength in Almighty God and in Him alone. True joy is only found in God the Father who loves everyone so very much.

We should be so excited about what God has done for us and the whole world that we can't help but tell everyone what God has done. We should want to let everyone know so they can know Him also. We should be bragging every chance we can about everything God has done. We need to bring people face to face to Almighty God so they can see what a great God he is before they have to come face to face with Him on Judgment Day and face His wrath. As Charles Spurgeon wrote:

If sinners be dammed, at least let them leap to Hell over our bodies. If they will perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees. Let no one go there unwarned and unprayed for."

By Dean W. Masters

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