16 Aug EZRA’S BOAST
For the wicked boasteth of his heart’s desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the Lord abhorreth.
They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches; Like sheep they are laid in the grave; death shall feed on them; and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their beauty shall consume in the grave from their dwelling.
Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain.
My soul shall make her boast in the Lord : the humble shall hear thereof , and be glad.
In God we boast all the day long, and praise thy name for ever. Selah.
When you boast in God, especially on His promise, you cause Him to stick out His neck for you.
If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.
Does that sound like a boast or what?!
45 Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. 46 This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.
Look at that confidence!
21 Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river of Ahava, that we might afflict ourselves before our God, to seek of him a right way for us, and for our little ones, and for all our substance. 22 For I was ashamed to require of the king a band of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy in the way: because we had spoken unto the king, saying, The hand of our God is upon all them for good that seek him; but his power and his wrath is against all them that forsake him. 23 So we fasted and besought our God for this: and he was intreated of us.