Psalms 131

What is it about you that God may hate. Proverbs 6:16-19 states:”There are six things which the Lord hates, Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that run rapidly to evil, a false witness who utters lies, and one who spreads strife among brothers (HCSB).” In Psalms 131 we are confronted with one thing God hates – a haughty spirit, commonly called pride.

There is a natural human tendency as life prolongs to develop the sense of superiority, to be driven by self-confidence and self-consciousness. If not intentionally and intensely addressed, this can be a most silent killer. While no one would like to admit this as an individual struggle; I must admit that of all of my personal proclivities and problems, this has been the greatest threat to my marriage, my ministry, and my manhood. These words from David are not just words of wisdom. They are to me words of warning.

This Psalm says blessed are those afflictions which subdue our affections, which wean us from self-sufficiency, which educate us into Christian maturity, and teach us to love God not merely when He comforts us, but even when He tries us.

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