Pastor Tim Romero
2 minutes reading time (355 words)
Psalm 36:11–12 (ESV): "11 Let not the foot of arrogance come upon me, nor the hand of the wicked drive me away. 12 There the evildoers lie fallen; they are thrust down, unable to rise."
Pride is the number killer of Christian progress. The moment we think we've arrived is the moment we begin to fall. Guard your heart against the temptation of thinking you've reached the maximum spiritual maturity. Humility says we can always keep growing.
Every time David became prideful sin claimed victory over him. When he stopped going to war with the troops he fell with Bathsheba, his pride cause him to kill Uriah and plague the nation of Israel due to his arrogance in numbering the people. He understood the deadliness of pride and thus his prayer is "let not the foot of arrogance come upon me." It's wisdom that leads him to pray this way. He understands the end for the wicked and doesn't want to be cast down as they will be one day. "There, in or by pride, says Augustine, do all sinners perish (A. Clarke)."
Perhaps today is a good day for you too to pray this prayer. It's so easy to think too highly (or too lowly, which is still a manifestation of pride) of yourself when things are going well. The Bible reminds us that "pride comes before a fall." Keep your heart humble and needy for the grace and mercy of the Lord. Seek Him in the good days as desperately as you do in the bad and you will never have to worry about becoming arrogant in your walk. Jesus alone has arrived, and we arrive through Him alone. Never forget that!
Father, thank You for redeeming us! Your amazing grace is so sweet and savory may we never lose our taste for it. Keep us humble Lord, do whatever is necessary to keep us from defaming Your name by being prideful. We humble ourselves before You and confess our desperate need for you. Keep us in a state of dependency we pray in Jesus' name, amen.