Luk 18:14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
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
Especially before the LORD in prayer we shall shrink to
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
For us the way upward is downhill.
When we are
stripped of self we are clothed with humility, and this is the best of
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.
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
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.
LORD, sink me in self that I may rise in Thee.