January 12

Psalm 36:8-10

“They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.” vss. 8-9

There is a story told of a man who was born on third base and thought he had hit a triple. It’s an illustration of the arrogance that has become typical in our society and culture. Most of us enjoy magnificent lives full of material delights and bolstered by the latest in science and technology. We live longer and better than ever before and then have the audacity to give ourselves credit for the advancements. We forget that every one of us was plopped out of our mother’s abdomen totally unequipped to care for our own needs. We’ve all been taken care of since the day we were born! The psalmist knew that well, and gave the credit to the Lord. He knew that all food and drink comes from God, and that life itself is a gift. What the psalmist had in abundance was humility, one of the most admirable qualities any human can possess. There are some among us who share that attribute, and they always bring delight to our communities. They are marked by thankful hearts, a sense that they have been blessed beyond measure, and even when life brings them wealth and acclaim their humility remains intact. They know innately that all that they are and have is on loan from God and their highest aspiration is only to be a faithful steward.

Thought for the Day: Where does humility come from?

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