“For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” - Luke 14:11
The story of David is a wonderful story to illustrate human emotions. First there is simple humility. Then comes pride, followed by victory over pride and self-exaltation.
David, the shepherd boy, was not proud. It seems he never boasted about his exploits in defending the sheep from wild animals. From all indications David kept these things to himself.
But when God sought him out to bring victory over the giant Goliath he tells King Saul about killing the bear and lion. It was not done with pride, but with confidence in the divine ability that he must have acknowledged when protecting the flocks of sheep.
Sadly pride and arrogance crept in when he became king and he committed adultery and had Uriah killed. The power invested in him as the king, had blinded him and pride made him think he was above reproach.
But after being confronted by the prophet Nathan we see true repentance and a return to the humility that marked his earlier life. His reward is great because in the natural Jesus comes from the royal line of David
Pride is very subtle in its manifestation because it is an issue of the heart and can take many forms. You can be proud of your position in life and recognition given by people. You may have accomplished that which is of note and praiseworthy but this should humble you and not make you desire to exalt yourself.
Jesus is our greatest example of true humility. He said, “Learn of me for I am meek and lowly of heart”. He humbled Himself from the lofty throne in heaven to take upon Himself the form of man and go to the cross to suffer and die for us bearing our sin. Today He has been highly exalted and given a name above every name and every knee shall bow and tongue confess that He is Lord to the glory of God.
Dear heavenly Father, thank You for another day to rejoice and be glad. Help me today not to think more highly of myself than I should, but to live before You in love and meekness.