Together in Christ: 'Keeping His Distance' — Psalm 138:6

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Though the Lord is great, he cares for the humble, but he keeps his distance from the proud.
— Psalm 138:6 NLT

Key Thought

No one can rival the one true and living God — His matchless greatness, goodness, power, compassion, grace, mercy, creativity, and faithfulness. God's majesty exhausts our human language to describe. Knowing that God cares for the humble while giving a wide path to avoid the proud should change us. God disdains arrogance, haughtiness, and pride — those who treat others as less valuable than themselves. [1]

Once we realize the truth of today's proverb, we should not be surprised at the people Jesus spent His ministry serving. Jesus demonstrated God's care for the humble, lowly, and lost by serving them in His ministry. [2] The Lord also confronted and condemned those who were proud, arrogant, and felt they were above everyone else. [3] Jesus is our model, our example, and our goal. [4] We are to mold our behaviors and the way we value others based on Jesus' teachings and example. [5] Jesus achieved greatness by serving others and giving His life to bless all people, whether they were considered significant or unworthy. [6]

God will judge us based on how we embrace the values of today's proverb. The humble, broken, forgotten, and lost matter to God. [7] When we serve those who are left out and left behind, we are serving the Lord! [8] God will keep at a great distance from Himself eternally those who are arrogant and proud. [9] Those who follow the example of Jesus and care for them will spend eternity in the presence of God! [10] Let's choose to associate with the humble and avoid the company of those who think themselves superior!

[1] Proverbs 6:16-17.
[2] Luke 4:14-18.
[3] Matthew 23:5-12.
[4] Luke 6:40; Colossians 1:28-29.
[5] Philippians 2:5-11.
[6] Mark 10:45.
[7] Matthew 28:18-20; Luke 15:1-32.
[8] Matthew 25:31-40.
[9] Matthew 25:41-46.
[10] Matthew 25:34-36.

Today's Prayer

Father, please forgive me for the times I have overlooked, avoided, or felt superior to another person around me, especially toward those who needed a touch of grace. Open my eyes to see people who need my loving attention and open my heart to help them in lovingly appropriate ways. I commit, dear Father, to go and read through the gospels focusing on how Jesus treated people so I can better follow His example and partner with the Holy Spirit in developing a heart like my Savior's. In His name, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matthew 23:1-33
  • Matthew 25:31-46

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Illustration of Psalm 138:6 NLT — Though the Lord is great, he cares for the humble, but he keeps his distance from the proud.

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Together in Christ is a daily devotional that focuses on what Scripture teaches about godly living in relationships.

'Together in Christ' is written by Phil Ware.

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