There is a nasty habit that creeps in to ministry circles.
Sometimes we miss "the point."
I have done it. Sometimes I have done it inwardly. Sometimes it is blatant and open for all to see. Sometimes it even looks and sounds spiritual. But there is nothing spiritual about missing "the point."
What exactly is "the point"?
David nailed "the point." Here it is...
Psalm 21:1 "The king shall joy in thy strength, O LORD; and in thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!"
Do you see "the point"? David was proclaiming salvation, victory over enemies, blessings, and majesty, but look where he pointed to give glory and credit. He didn't point to self. He pointed to the true Victor... His God! David's joy wasn't in his great accomplishments. He rejoiced because he knew that God did it and that without God David was nothing! Look at where David points:
Psalm 21:2 "Thou hast given..."
Psalm 21:3 "For thou preventest... thou settest..."
Psalm 21:4 "... thou gavest..."
Psalm 21:5 "... thy salvation..."
Psalm 21:6 "... thou hast made..."
Psalm 21:7 "... through the mercy of the most High..."
Psalm 21:8 "Thine hand..."
When we point to self, we are exalted in pride. We are also deluded in thinking that we can do anything apart from God's grace, strength, and power.
What does missing "the point" look like?
"I led him to the Lord."
"I taught a great Sunday school class last week."
"I passed out 300 tracts."
"I... I... I..."
When we boast of self and point to our accomplishments or our victories, we miss the opportunity to give credit where it is truly due. We miss pointing to Him, our Strength, our Hope, our Guide, our Sustainer. He works in and through us. Without Him we can do nothing (John 15:5). (Oh, how guilty I am of this!)
When we learn to point in the right direction, we will have joy. We will also learn how to truly praise Him.
Psalm 21:13 "Be thou exalted, LORD, in thine own strength: so will we sing and praise thy power."