To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. O my God, in you I trust; do not let me be put to shame; do not let my enemies exult over me. Do not let those who wait for you be put to shame; let them be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous. Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long. Be mindful of your mercy, O Lord, and of your steadfast love, for they have been from of old. Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for your goodness’ sake, O Lord! Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in the way. He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way. All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his decrees.
Food for Thought:
In this passage of Scripture, the Psalmist speaks about humility. The attribute of humility is all too often missing from our modern lives. We talk about people who “pull themselves up from their own bootstraps.” We praise people for their arrogance. We almost envy those who are self-assured. We are often “way too big for our britches,” as my grandfather used to say. Merriam Webster defines humility as, “the quality or state of not thinking you are better than other people.” I love this definition because it captures what is at the heart of our arrogance, the thought that we are better than other people. This day I would challenge you to be a little more humble and reach out to a person or group of persons that you wouldn’t normally reach out to.
Welcoming God, you receive and bless all who come to you in humility. Show us our false pride, that we may repent of our conceited and arrogant ways and help us to replace those ways with caring for one another in Jesus’ name. Amen.