Psalm 131:1 Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me.
Humility is one of the secrets to continual usefulness in the service of the Lord. We are told in Romans 12:3 not to think of ourselves more highly than we ought to think but to think soberly about ourselves. Thinking soberly includes not thinking more lowly of ourselves as much as it does not thinking more highly of ourselves. Humility doesn’t mean that we diminish ourselves or put ourselves down. It means that we say everything about ourselves that God says about us in His Word, nothing more, and nothing less. Some have to come up in their thinking about themselves to be humble. There are others who have to come down in their thinking of themselves because they have an exaggerated opinion of their own importance and an excessive belief in their worth. Anything that exalts us, our abilities, our gifts, and our talents out of proportion is not good.
Remember Saul of the Old Testament. The Israelites wanted a king and Saul was chosen. He had good looks, a tall stature, and God did use him. Saul’s pride made him jealous of God’s choice to use David and over a course of years tries to kill David some twenty one times. God finally had to take the kingdom from Saul and in sending the Prophet Samuel reveals what was at the core of this verdict against him when he said. “When thou wast little in thine own sight, wast thou not made the head of the tribes of Israel, and the Lord anointed thee king over Israel?” Saul didn’t remain little in his own eyes but got an exaggerated opinion of his own importance which is pride. Proverb 16:18 says, “Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” Saul got puffed up, or got “the big head” about himself and it is said at the end of his life one of the saddest verses in the Bible that he died as though he had not been anointed with the anointing oil. “The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places: how are the mighty fallen! …. Ye mountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew, neither let there be rain, upon you, nor fields of offerings: for there the shield of the mighty is vilely cast away, the shield of Saul, as though he had not been anointed with oil Samuel 1:19-21.” All the years of being privileged to be chosen, anointed, and used of God goes down the drain as though you have never been. When we stay little in our own eyes God can use us. No matter what people say of us whether it is praise or criticism we should remain little in our own eyes. Without Him we can do nothing.
STAY HUMBLE TO THE END