Thursday, June 30, 2011

Foot of Pride

10O continue thy lovingkindness unto them that know thee; and thy righteousness to the upright in heart.
 11Let not the foot of pride come against me, and let not the hand of the wicked remove me.
 12There are the workers of iniquity fallen: they are cast down, and shall not be able to rise.

 Foot of Pride

The imagery used by David in Psalm 36 is so descriptive of life. We think of difficulties that come from without: illness, death, persecution or troubles from the ungodly, but how often do we pray for help from the difficulties that come from our own hand (or foot in this case)? How much easier would it be for us to live for Christ without our own foot of pride?

If all of life were perfect, but we still lived in our bodies corrupted by sin, we would continue to struggle constantly with the challenge of living lives that glorify God. That very foot of pride is what causes the workers of iniquity to fall, casting them down so that they are not able to rise. Though we may be a Christian, however, we must still live in bodies corrupted by the sins and temptations of this world.

If we take a serious look at our own lives, examining them from the very depths of our own hearts, we must conclude that the sin of pride is at the root of the sins which so easily beset us and draw us away from Christ.

However, let us not leave this Psalm on a note of despair, but let us remember the lessons we have already learned from Psalm 36. 

God's mercy is in the heavens, and His faithfulness reaches unto the clouds. God is so excellent in His loving kindness that we can safely put our trust under the shadow of His wings, where we are satisfied and can drink from the rivers of God's pleasures. With Christ is the fountain of life, and in His light we see light. 

May God truly take the foot of pride out or our hearts and lives, so that we may bask in the sunshine of His grace. What an amazing God we serve!

God Bless You,
Linda

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