I can’t believe it’s November! The cold front moving into our area today is a stern reminder, however! It’s definitely not June or July out there!
With November comes Thanksgiving, a favorite holiday for most. I recently read a magazine editor’s reference to Thanksgiving and she said something like, “Thanksgiving is all about family and food.” Have you ever found yourself talking to a magazine? I said out loud, “You’ve got to be kidding! Thanksgiving is about giving thanks to God!” But I realize that the world sees both Thanksgiving and Christmas as family time, and what we can get, rather than reflecting on all we’ve been given and being thankful to the Giver.
Yesterday I was reading Psalm 34 – I will bless the Lord at all times, His praise shall be continually in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the Lord; the humble shall hear thereof and be glad. Who is it that loves to hear others praise God? The humble! A proud person doesn’t rejoice when others are praising God. In their pride they sit and criticize. They scoff. They belittle. They do all this because they are proud of their standing, the way they conduct themselves, or their “proper behavior.” Remember the Pharisees? Did they love it when the sinful woman wiped Jesus’ feet with her hair and worshipped him? No. They looked down on her. She knew her sinful condition too, but it made her thankful for Jesus’ love and acceptance in such a way that she humbled herself and wiped his feet.
You will not see a proud person stand and praise God in a church service. You will not see a proud person nod in agreement or wipe tears from their eyes when another is sharing the overflow from their heart to their wonderful God. No, it takes a humble person to praise God and another humble person to be glad at their praise.
Check your heart. Do you rejoice when others praise the Lord? If not, it could be pride that is lifting its head. Remember the pit from which you were dug, and you will be humbled to a point of praise. You know what else? The humble will be glad!
See you in church Sunday!
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