PrideBro. David Chancellor
5/24/2009 11:00 AM
Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God. Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, return, ye children of men. For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night. Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which groweth up. In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down, and withereth. For we are consumed by thine anger, and by thy wrath are we troubled. Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance. For all our days are passed away in the wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told. The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away. Who knoweth the power of thine anger? even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath. So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
God knows each one of us. Of ourselves we’re nothing, but God knows everything about us. "So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom." (v. 12) God sees even the "secret sins". God knows the things about us that even we may not know about us. He would show us things about ourselves that need to change. He wants us to know so that he can change it in us.
If there are certain fruits that show up, there are certain conditions that exist. Pride isn’t just a condition; it’s sin. It’s esteeming self better than others. Pride can work on you and be hidden, but eventually the fruit shows up.
An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin.
This is how God sees pride. God hates the proud or high look. This goes beyond the outward appearance. Pride would elevate self above others. Jesus came to provide equality among men. Self-exaltation isn’t of God.
Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.
A contentious person has pride within. Pride causes people to argue. Religious pride is probably the worst kind. We don’t have to be better than someone else to make heaven. We can all draw close to God. We can all have a good relationship with God. It’s not a competition. Pride causes arguments, strife and contention.
He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the Lord shall be made fat.
Strife and contention spring from the same source, pride in the heart. It’s not about getting ahead of other people. Modest apparel isn’t going to put on a show. It just wants to blend in. We should be decent and respectable. Pride makes it difficult for people to get along. God doesn’t want pride in our hearts. He wants us to have victory over it. Look at your life; is pride there? Does your life produce contention and strife? If so, let God work on your heart.
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
We’re not here to lift up self, but to please God. God sees us like we really are. We want to be what God would have us to be.
The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than the honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward. Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults. Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.
God knows us for what we are. We don’t want sin to have dominion over us. We don’t want anything that isn’t like God. We want God to show us where we need to change. What is your life producing? God shows us so that we can find freedom.