Reading the book of Jeremiah is startling. Over and over the Lord would call His people and they refused. They chose their way instead of His.
Disobedience is the pride of a rebellious heart. Isaiah 30:15 says, “…in returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and confidence shall be your strength. But you would not.”
Why do we choose our way over His? Isaiah 55:8 says, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways, says the Lord.” Verse 9 says that His ways are higher than our ways.
I love Psalm 18:30. It says, “As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him. The heart of humility trusts even when facing the impossible.
Psalm 18:27 says, “For You will save the humble people, but will bring down haughty looks.” Proverbs 16:18 says, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”
James 4:6-7 says, “But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Verse 10 says, “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.”
How much better to humble ourselves, then to disobey the Lord and be humbled by Him. Deuteronomy 8:3 says, “So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger…” Exodus 16:4 says, “…that I may test them, whether they will walk in My law or not.”
Worship comes from a humble heart. We recognize afresh that all we have is from Him, and our heart lifts up in praise and adoration to the only One who is worthy of all praise.
Psalm 149:4 says, “For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation.” Verse 6 says, “Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand.” Do you see the connection of humility and praise?
Pride and praise are like water and oil. Pride is me centered, and praise is God centered. They don’t mix. Psalm 34:1 says, “I will bless the Lord at all times, His praise shall continually be in my mouth.”