Psalm 25:9-10 – “He leads the humble in justice, And He teaches the humble His way. 10 All the paths of the LORD are lovingkindness and truth To those who keep His covenant and His testimonies.” NASU
Although the focus of my message is humility, I feel I must address the fact that the KJV renders the word “meek” and when you go to Strong’s to examine it you find that ‘meek’ might just be the best translation for it appears to be focused on the poor and distressed and the idea is that God will lead them or direct their case toward justice and guide them into His Holy Paths. Yet ‘humble’ is also a very good rendering of the word in that it speaks of the condition of the heart in which the person is devoid of ‘self-exaltation’ and ‘arrogance’ and demonstrates a propensity to ‘totally rely on’ the Lord. That person will be rewarded greatly in their time of distress or stress.
We know that the Bible declares ‘vengeance is Mine says the Lord’ and that the ‘meek shall inherit the Earth.’ We know that Jesus and the disciples spoke much about the condition, mindset, or character trait of ‘meekness’ and by that I do not mean ‘timidity’ but one that demonstrates patience, gentleness, submissiveness although some render it to be ‘spineless’ and ‘docile’ easy to be imposed upon. The Bible’s definition of ‘meekness’ seems to be more of a willingness to ‘turn the other cheek’ although at times the ‘meek one’ does appear to be ‘weak’ and unable to fend for themselves. But regardless of which rendering you choose in this context listed in the passage listed whether it is ‘meek’ or ‘humble’ it is the identification of a condition of heart and mind where the individual needs God’s guidance, knows it, and relies on it.
Justice directed by God will never satisfy the human thirst for vengeance but will be redemptive in nature and scope. God’s end is always redemption. Admittedly, there are times when there is such a refusal to repent that ‘judgment’ involves punishment, not restoration but God will exhaust all avenues to bring about redemption and restoration before rendering the verdict ‘guilty’ and ‘condemned.’
The Holy Spirit reveals to us through the words of the Psalmist that if your heart is ‘humble’ God will lead you and direct your case or cause in ‘justice’. We also read that for the ‘humble’ God will teach His Way! It is one thing to know the ‘acts’ of God and entirely another to know the ‘ways’ of God. His ways speak to His character and nature and can only be known through such a deep interpersonal relationship that we develop a unique oneness with Him. God’s paths are love and truth and if we are a ‘Covenant Keeping People’ and walk in ‘humility’ we will find the Holy Spirit willing to lead us from victory to victory.
God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. If you sense any self-exaltation or inappropriate pride residing in your heart run don’t walk to the Cross and law it at the foot of the Cross. Cry out to God for His cleansing and ask Him to purge your heart of that dross and allow the purified gold within to rise to the surface. Allow the Holy Spirit to enable you to walk in ‘humility.’
May God be with you as you go through your day!