June 20: “Humbling Ourselves Before God”

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Today’s Bible Reading:

1 Kings 22:1-53
Acts 13:16-41
Psalm 138:1-8
Proverbs 17:17-18

Today’s Bible Verse(s):

Psalm 138:6 (NLT): “Though the Lord is great, he cares for the humble, but he keeps his distance from the proud.”

Reflections on Today’s Bible Verse(s):

The verse I have chosen for today reminds us of a couple of essential truths:

The Lord is exalted. Bringing other Scriptural truths to bear upon this verse, we recognize that God is above all else. There is none like Him. He is the ruler of Creation, and the posture most fitting (and enjoyable) for us is kneeling and bowing before Him.

As the highest and exalted over Creation, we are surprised to read the next part of the verse.

He enjoys those who are humble. Yet, “he keeps his distance from the proud,” which means there is no relationship with them.

God is attracted to humility. The propensity to think of others more than oneself was evidenced by His own Son (see Philippians 2:3-11).

So, humble yourself before God today. Recognize your dependence upon Him. Demonstrate that dependence by spending time listening to Him in your Bible reading. 

Further, demonstrate it by offering up prayers throughout the day anytime you have a decision to make, a need to be met, or a moment to share. Recognize that He wants you to enjoy Him, but you cannot do that when you have unconfessed sin in your heart, so be quick to confess and repent of (turn from) any sin that you are aware of.

Friend, most certainly, there is more of God to enjoy than you are presently experiencing. So, take steps to increase your happiness by submitting to God and deepening your relationship with the One you were made to worship and enjoy.

Matt Ellis is the pastor of First Baptist Church in Polk City, Florida (fbcpolkcity.com). His latest book is God’s Grace in the Real World. Connect with him on FacebookTwitter, or LinkedIn.

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I have an incredible wife that God gave to me on May 10, 1997. Since then, the Lord has blessed us with three wonderful boys. I am also the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Polk City, Florida.

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