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Humble Thyself

I want to take you back to the early or mid 1980s, to the church life into which I was saved. Typically during a service, some person would get up and play guitar—they could hardly play or sing, but they were humble enough to do their best. As a brand new Christian, I remember repeatedly being affected by a particular song. The women would echo after the men sang the verse, and it was beautiful. It went like this:

Humble thyself in the sight of the Lord.
Humble thyself in the sight of the Lord.
And He shall lift you up, and He shall lift you up.

I don’t know how many times I sang that song. We would sing that refrain over and over and over and over again. We’d sense God saying, “This is what it’s about.” Humility. I’ve struggled with being an arrogant cuss ever since, but I know that through the help of God’s Spirit and truth, I’ve had a deposit of what humility is in my heart. I need to return to that. We all have to return to that. Humility will bless a lost and hurting nation, a weak and fragile marriage, and strife between parents and children. Humility will enlarge servants in churches. Humility will have us looking much more like Jesus.

Whatever circumstance you are going through right now, take time to humble yourself before God. No matter the stuff that’s there, humble yourself. Read, or if you know the tune, sing that song over and over in your mind. Let the words help you to be in God’s presence and see His love and His path for you. It’s there, waiting, as long as you are humble.

Where are you today? What gets in the way of true humility before the Lord?

Steve Berger is Senior Pastor of Grace Chapel Leipers Fork, TN. He is the author of Have Heart: Bridging the Gulf Between Heaven and Earth as well as other Bible study resources.

2 responses to “Humble Thyself”

  1. Laura W says:

    Hi,
    Thanks for the posting this. What does it mean to humble yourself? How does one do that?

    • Steve Berger says:

      Laura, thanks for the comment and good question. To humble oneself starts with your focus. It means taking the focus from “me” and putting it on Jesus and then on others. Theologian F. B. Meyer said, “The only hope of decreasing self is an increasing Christ.” It’s a place where you don’t care who gets the credit. It’s a place of bowed knees before God and honestly allowing Him to come into your life and as a consequence, every thought.