"He that humbleth himself shall be exalted." (Luke
It ought not to be difficult for us to humble ourselves, for what have we to be proud of?
We ought to take the lowest place without being told to do so. If we are sensible and
honest, we shall be little in our own eyes. Especially before the Lord in prayer we shall
shrink to nothing. There we cannot speak of merit, for we have none; our one and only
appeal must be to mercy: "God be merciful to me a sinner."
Here is a cheering word from the throne. We shall be exalted by the Lord if we humble
ourselves. For us the way upward is downhill. When we are stripped of self we are clothed
with humility, and this is the best of wear. The Lord will exalt us in peace and happiness
of mind; He will exalt us into knowledge of His Word and fellowship with Himself; He will
exalt us in the enjoyment of sure pardon and justification. The Lord puts His honors upon
those who can wear them to the honor of the Giver. He gives usefulness, acceptance, and
influence to those who will not be puffed up by them but will be abased by a sense of
greater responsibility. Neither God nor man will care to lift up a man who lifts up
himself; but both God and good men unite to honor modest worth.
O Lord, sink me in self that I may rise in Thee.