Saturday, November 07, 2009

Psalm 138


I once pissed off a church friend when I said God was humble. She thought I was insulting God. God wants us to be holy and we have no problem saying God is holy. God wants us to be loving and we have no problem saying God is loving. God wants us to be humble so why should calling God "humble" bother her?

Because humbleness/humility is identified in some minds with "less than." I don't really know why she was so offended by me saying God was humble. But to me, God's humility amazes me. First off, because he has no one above him. Show humility can be shown by great people. It's not about being better than; it's an attitude toward others. Second, we are in no ways equal to God. Yet, He has called us His children. This is not to say that we are perfect creations worthy of this love. God loves us, not because we're great...but because HE is great. God loves us not because we are so lovable, but because He is so loving. Thirdly, other so-called gods -- demons and idols-- are generally rather proud. They do not desire our love as our God does. They desire our worship. They desire to show how important they are. But when we praise our God we praise Him because of His love for us. He has humbly looked in on our lives -- we who are dust-- and has walked in our shoes. What a loving humble God the Everlasting -- never-created, never ending-- Creator of the entire Universe is!

Psalm 138

 1I will praise thee with my whole heart: before the gods will I sing praise unto thee.
 2I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.
 3In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul.
 4All the kings of the earth shall praise thee, O LORD, when they hear the words of thy mouth.
 5Yea, they shall sing in the ways of the LORD: for great is the glory of the LORD.
 6Though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off.
 7Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me.
 8The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.
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