“LORD, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me. Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother: my soul is even as a weaned child.” Psalm 131:1-2
One of the greatest attributes that David possessed was humility. As a child, he knew that the Lord had anointed him to one day be king. But it was not to be immediately, and as he waited for God’s timing, he took advantage of every opportunity to serve. When he slew Goliath, he had the confidence of the people, but he did not glory in this. Instead of trying to gain the throne, he served King Saul to the best of his ability. He waited patiently for God to work things out.
The Lord has made each of us unique. Any talents and gifts that we possess come from His bountiful hand. We should spend time and effort working on those gifts, always finding ways to improve them so that we can use them in the way the Lord desires. But we must always give the Lord the glory, and not think of ourselves as being better than others because of them.
In Luke 18:9-14. Jesus told the story of two men who went into the temple to pray. They were there for the same purpose, but each one approached God in a different way. The Pharisee proudly told God how much better he was because of his faithful adherence to the law. The publican, however, bowed his head in humility and asked that the Lord would have mercy on him, and forgive his sins.
Luke 18:14 “I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.”
In Psalm 139, David lifts his voice to the Lord, thanking him for all the blessings that He has been given, acknowledging that the Lord has always been there for him. He finishes this Psalm with a heartfelt prayer: Verse 23-24 “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
Prayer: Lord Jesus, we know that you resist the proud and give grace to the humble. Like David, we pray that each day you will search our hearts and help us to submit to your will and your way.
Devotion by Anne Johnston