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 I want to discuss humility in this devotional I must address the fact that the KJV renders the word “meek.” When you go examine the meaning in Strong’s Concordance you find that ‘meek’ might just be the best translation. 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 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 all 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. Rather I am referring to a quality and characteristic that demonstrates patience, gentleness, submissiveness. Some tend to view that as spinelessness and being docile. Some see that as a person who is easily imposed upon.
The Bible’s definition of meekness seems to be more of a willingness to ‘turn the other cheek.’ At times the meek one does appear to be weak and unable to fend for themselves but that is not true reality. 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 tells us here through the words of the Psalmist that if your heart is humble God will lead you and direct your case or cause toward 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!