Psalm 18:27 “You save the humble”
This, Lord, is your requirement for salvation: humility, which can be defined as “seeing ourselves as you see us.” And humility’s prime characteristic is teachableness. Will we allow God to teach us or will we go our own way? Humility is also the doorway through which comes grace: “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” When we are humble, admitting our need for a Savior, then God gives us grace. And what is grace? Getting the opposite of what we deserve.
As we stand before you, the Mighty, Eternal One, the Star-breather, the Galaxy-maker, the History Beginner and the Ender of time, the Pure and Powerful One, what can we do but see our sinfulness, our unworthiness, our puniness, and yes, our putridness. We see the immense contrast between our shriveled, rebellious hearts and the stunning beauty of your gracious Holiness.
To you we must bow in humility, accepting your view of our situation. Somehow you work with our will to bring the desire and the decision to surrender, to reject the illusion of independence for the healthy reality of total, healthy dependence on you.
This is the paradox of life: to be free we have to be dependent on, surrendered to you, to Truth, Love and Life. What a wonderful God you, Lord Jesus. May I honor you in my life today.