Boasting or Lamenting

5 My wounds fester and are loathsome
because of my sinful folly.
6 I am bowed down and brought very low;
all day long I go about mourning.
7 My back is filled with searing pain;
there is no health in my body.
8 I am feeble and utterly crushed;
I groan in anguish of heart.
9 All my longings lie open before you, Lord;
my sighing is not hidden from you.
10 My heart pounds, my strength fails me;
even the light has gone from my eyes.
11 My friends and companions avoid me because of my wounds;
my neighbors stay far away.
12 Those who want to kill me set their traps,
those who would harm me talk of my ruin;
all day long they scheme and lie. Psalm 38:5-12

David continues his lament over his failings and shortcomings. The Apostle Paul, on the other hand, boasted about his weaknesses: “Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

The key in both instances is that they both relied on Christ for their strength. They knew who to turn to when all was said and done.

That is perhaps the key to living life in Christ. It’s recognizing that you have weaknesses, then relying on Christ’s power to overcome those weaknesses.

It’s not often we get a chance to boast about our weaknesses. Instead, we see weaknesses, as, well, weaknesses.

Which weaknesses are you boasting about today, that is, so that Christ can get the glory?

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