In God We Boast (Numbers 8, Psalm 44)

“And I have given the Levites as a gift to Aaron and his sons from among the people of Israel to do the service for the people of Israel at the tent of meeting and to make atonement for the people of Israel.”  Numbers 8:19

For not in my bow do I trust,nor can my sword save me.  But you have saved us from our foes, and have put to shame those who hate us,”  Psalm 44:6-7

Is it really true, “In God we trust.”  This statement still appears on all currency in America, but is it really true?  I believe we can say with many illustrations to prove the point, “No.”  But for a moment let’s ask the question in another way, “Do we as followers of Christ trust in God?”  Again, our answer might be no?

Consider our More For Christ readings:

In the book of Numbers we read of God’s great gift of the Levites who would serve God and the people in the temple.  A closer study of their lives reveals that even they had to offer sacrifices for their own sin.  This reality reminds me that we cannot boast in any man, no matter how good of  a man he may be.

In the book of Psalms we see the only one we are to boast in.  The Psalmist writes about this one:

1.  He had heard of God’s great deeds through his family, Vs: 1-3

2.  He had first hand experience with God’s great deeds, Vs: 4-26

3.  He also had first hand experience in trying to live apart from God’s work in his life.

All of this left the Psalmist crying out to God, “Rise up, come to our help!  Redeem us for the sake of your steadfast love!”

Brothers and sisters we boast alone in God because he did rise up (when we were in darkness, rebellion, and without hope).  He came to redeem us.  In this we are to boast.  We are to boast in both good times and bad.  Paul reminds us of this very truth in Romans 8:31-38.

On thing is for sure, “When we boast in God it will always lead to our trust in God!”

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