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Who Humbles Himself to Behold

April 13, 2018

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Who Humbles Himself to Behold

The LORD God is almighty  and all-powerful  so far beyond our imagination  that we literally are as nothing  in His holy sight.     There are Bible verses  that compare us  to a vapor that vanishes,  a worm,  and less than a piece  of dust.     In spite of this huge difference  between God and us,  His creation,  the LORD cares  about our every thought,  feeling,  and condition.

When you think about that,  it’s mind-boggling.     Psalm 113:5-7 puts it this way,

Who is like the LORD  our God,   
Who is enthroned  on high,   
Who humbles Himself  to behold   
The things  that are in heaven  and in the earth?   
He raises the poor  from the dust,   
And lifts the needy  from the ash heap.

Since there is no other lord  or god — and since there never has been  any other lord  or god — and since there never will be  any other lord  or god — there simply is nothing  that can be compared  to the LORD God Almighty.     He is far above all  and over all.    We need  to remember that.

The LORD is so far above us,  He has to humble Himself  just to look at us!     And then,  think about how proud  people get  with their measly,  little accomplishments.     Our pride is shameful,  to say the least.     Nevertheless,  the LORD our God  still humbles Himself  to look at us  and our needs.     The LORD humbles Himself  to care about  our every thought,  and feeling,  and condition.     He ever faithfully cares  for us.

The psalmist noted that  by saying,  “He raises the poor  from the dust,  and lifts the needy  from the ash heap.”     The psalmist did not say  God raises the proud  and lifts up the arrogant.     But,  God tends to those  who are humble — those who are poor  in spirit  and needy  in their repentance.

Back in the Old Testament times,  when a person was  in deep sorrow  over his sins  and desperate circumstances,  he would express his sorrow  and lowly condition  to God  by throwing dust  on his head  or sitting  in an ash heap.     God Almighty raises these humble people  as they repent  of their sinful natures.

Do we want the LORD God Almighty  to lift us up?     Do we want joy  and peace restored  to us?

Then we need  to realize our sinfulness  and repent  with sincere hearts.     We need  to acknowledge the love  of God Almighty  in Jesus Christ  and admit  that only Jesus  can wash away our sins.     If we want God  to lift us up  from the sorrows  of our sins,  we’ve got to stop being proud  and arrogant towards Him.     He is the One  in power.     He is the One  who holds our lives  in His hand.     He is the One  who gives us breath  to live each day.

As we humble ourselves,  God will stoop down  to help us up.     Then we can say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  Your name is blessed forever  because You really care  for us all.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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