How are you? How is your week going? Have you been proud this week?
It’s so easy to be proud. You could have been very humble this week, but the moment you realize how humble you’ve been, pride sneaks through the backdoor of your heart.
We looked at Psalm 75 this past Sunday, and we see God addressing this issue of pride. It’s an epidemic. It’s everywhere, and it’s at the root of every sin.
Pride is the reason why you would choose your own way over God’s way. Pride causes us to spread gossip and slander about others. Pride is what keeps us from granting forgiveness and pursuing reconciliation in our relationships. Pride is what divides the church and kills our friendships. Pride makes us think that we’re better and superior to those around us.
It’s something that we need to take seriously, and it’s something that we need to fight against.
How do we do this? This Psalm gives us some help:
- Thank the Lord for who He is and what He has done (v. 1)
- Remember who will judge us and who is in control of this world (vv. 2-3)
- Remember that this world will not give us the security we look for in our pride (v. 4)
- Remember that it is the Lord who puts down and lifts up. (v. 7)
- Remember what our sin deserves (v. 8)
The last piece of the puzzle to our humility is Christ. We see His perfect life, and we see how much we have missed the mark. We see His humiliating death on the cross, and we see what we deserve. We see His redemption of us, and we see that we were completely unable to save ourselves.
Faith is one of the greatest pride-killers. Faith is knowing who we are, knowing who God is, believing what He has done for us, and relying completely upon Him. We don’t look to ourselves at all.
Take some time this week and meditate on this psalm. Reflect on these pride-killers and humble yourself before the Lord. May His great, unconditional love for you bring you to repentance. Pray in faith, resting in His sovereignty and redemption.
See you all on Sunday for Lord’s Day Worship. Pray for one another.
Photo Credit: http://blog.adw.org/2018/02/seven-deadly-sins-pride/