Today we begin a series of eight psalms of David, the last in the collection that were written by him. In total, David wrote over half of the Psalms, and this is another of his wholehearted psalms of thanksgiving.
We have read many songs of praise in our journey through the Psalms. This is a particularly personal one. David praises God for his unfailing love and his faithfulness, and then in the final three verses he becomes more reflective.
“Though the Lord is exalted, he looks kindly on the lowly”. The Lord is high and lifted up; he is to be praised and magnified, yet despite this, he does not forget the lowly or humble. In fact, those who are proud, God will humble.
This might seem like tough love, but we are far better off humble and well-regarded by God, than proud of our own accomplishments, but outside of God’s kind regards. As James writes in his letter, “’God opposes the proud but shows favour to the humble.’ Submit yourselves then to God.” (James 4:6-7).
So how do we avoid being among the proud? Simply by being humble. Just as light dispels darkness, so humility drives away pride. Our example in humility is Jesus himself, who, though being God, still depended on the Lord throughout his time on earth, and did nothing except what the Father told him to do.
God can bring us to humility from a place of pride, but how much more pleasant it is for us to seek his humility out of our own choice! May we learn to walk in humble ways as we walk with the Lord this week.
Meditation verse: Though the Lord is exalted, he looks kindly on the lowly; though lofty, he sees them from afar.