When the Victory Comes (Mar 26)

From Open Up Your Heart by Jeff Syverson

March 26

When the Victory Comes

Today’s Scripture Readings: Psalms 44:4-8 | Deuteronomy 5:1-6:25 | Luke 7:11-35 | Proverbs 11:29-31

Today’s Scripture Focus:  Psalm 44

In God we make our boast all day long, and we will praise your name forever (Psalm 44:8 NIV).

How do you handle victory and success? The human tendency is to allow our successes and victories to go to our heads. We boast; we revel in the praise of others. We give little thought to the one who stands behind the victory and success.

In contrast, the Psalmist knew that every victory, every success, is an opportunity to boast in the Lord. Real strength and security lie not in his own abilities but come from the Lord.

It was a lesson that God had been teaching the people of Israel from their very beginnings as a people until now: when God is the object of their trust, he brings victory. 

When victory comes, it is an opportunity to boast: to boast in the Lord. From the moment of desperation where we first cry out to God all the way through to the place of victory, we do well to keep the spotlight shining on the one who is the source of our strength—the victor behind every victory: Almighty God.

It was a lesson the Apostle Paul had also learned well. He reminds the churches: “Let the one who boasts boastin the Lord” (1 Cor. 1:31). In times of victory, we always do well to look to the source of our strength and give all the praise to him.

Dear Heavenly Father, help me to turn every victory into praise and thanksgiving. For you are the one deserving of any boast—any praise. May I always re-direct the spotlight to you. Amen.

About pastorjeffsneighborhood

Born and raised in Minnesota, I have served in churches in Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon and California. I am a graduate of Crown College (MN) and George Fox Evangelical Seminary (OR). I have also done additional graduate studies in New Testament Studies at the Center for Advanced Theological Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary (CA). I am also a graduate of the College of Prayer. Having served as the Academic Dean and Program Director at Horizon Institute of Los Angeles for several years, I have returned to the pastorate and serve as Pastor of Big Trees Community Bible Church in Arnold, CA.
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