Bread – Humble

June 20, 2016


Psalm 25

“To You, O Lord, I life up my soul.  O my God, in You I trust…Make me to know Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths…He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble His way.”  Ps. 25:1-2,4,9

It is so easy to be full of our own importance.  Our work needs us, our customers need us, our boss needs us, our family needs us.  We wake up in the morning, put on our power clothing, ready to tackle the day and bring it to its knees.  My grandson is learning about the city and as we drove by a 10 story building the other day, he pointed to it and said “tall building.”  I said “yes, it is,” and he said “It reaches the sky.”  I was filled with pride for what we have done.  We have built cities and we have built tall buildings which reach the sky to populate these cities.  Boy, aren’t we important people.

And what about us who have titles?  Maybe we are the President of this or that, or the chief “go-to” guy, or the office tech wizard, or are on the board of some organization, or are the winner of some race or some sports event and have the ring or the trophy to prove it?  Maybe we are the best we can be, with a huge bank account, powerful friends, and electronic access to secret places?

It is the proud who win the worldly race of life; it is the humble who learn from God “His way.”

In our church we kneel at certain times, generally having to do with prayer.  Like all exercises, if we approach it with an attitude of formality or routine or simply following what everyone else is doing (going along with the crowd), then we miss the opportunity to recognize that by kneeling we are humbling ourselves, that we are doing physically what we ought to be doing mentally – and that is in recognizing that, just because God has reached out to us with His gift of salvation, He is not our buddy … He is our God.  He is creator and we are His creation.  We are dust and to dust we shall return.

As I read today’s opening lines in Psalm 25, I was lifted up and who could not be – “To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul…Make me to know Your ways, O Lord…”  We are turning to God and lifting our souls up to Him, which is very good of us because we are so important.  We are almost telling God to teach us His secrets, as well He should, because we are so important!

And God responds, “I will…when your heart is right.”  “When you are humble, you will be ready to learn what is right; you are ready to be taught My way.”

To end this Bread today, I tried to find a definition of “humble” which would fit and I found this instead – “It is possible to be too big for God to use you, but never too small.”

It is the beginning of the week and we may be searching for God’s way for us today.  Many of us will say we can’t find it.  Maybe it has something to do with the fact that we are acting like the master when we are in fact the student, that we are acting like we are the important person in the room when we are not.  Maybe it is time to kneel before God in prayer, not because we have to or because we should, but because we want to, knowing that He is Creator and we are created, He is master and we are slave, He is teacher and we are student, He is God and we are man, and He is Savior and we are saved.

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© 2016 GBF   All Scripture quotations are from the English Standard Version (2001), unless otherwise indicated.

 

 

 

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