He who glories, let him glory in the LORD.
Lord, I love the habitation of Your house and the place where Your glory dwells. Prepare my heart for worship. Remove all pride and self-sufficiency and every other sin that clutters my heart and mind. Teach me to rely upon You, to trust Your Word, to rejoice in Your mercy and grace. Amen.
The prophet Jeremiah laments the spiritual state and character of his countrymen. Tongues were bent for lies, they went from evil to evil and wearied themselves with following after sin. The LORD asks the question, “How can I not bring judgment on sinfulness such as this?” Such flows from a mind and heart set on one’s own will. It follows proud sinful reasoning rather than God’s Word. Sinful mankind likes to think of himself in the highest regard and boasts. The Lord redirects such boasting.
When a Samaritan village rejected Jesus, James and John applied their reasoning, their sense of justice, their desire for action, and their craving for power and stature to the situation. As a result they wanted to call down fire from heaven and destroy the village. Jesus redirected them with His Word.