1 (A Psalm of David.)
I will praise thee with my whole heart: before Elohim will I sing praise unto thee.
2 I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.
How great therefore is his word
3 In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul.
4 All the kings of the earth shall praise thee, O Yahweh, when they hear the words of thy mouth.
5 Yea, they shall sing in the ways of Yahweh: for great is the glory of Yahweh.
6 Though Yahweh be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off.
What ground has man for pride?
None whatever. A proud man is an abhorence both to God and reasonable men. Pride, so far as most men are concerned, is curable. The unfeeling criticism of the world improves many who are afflicted with the disease. But the only effectual remedy is the Word of God, pondered reverentially and unceasingly.
Some men boast of their goodness-they measure themselves by the sins of others, and then exult at their own imagined excellence! What self-deception! "Reasonable service," "unprofitable servants," are the Scripture terms which define the duty and standing of the most righteous.
Man, at his best estate is but a poor, decaying sinner, living on sufferance. There are some foolish enough, nay, wicked enough, to glory in their riches, abilities, personal appearances, education, etc., forgetful of the Giver and Source of these things, and the responsibilities which they entail. Well might Solomon desire, concerning men,
"that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts."
Wisdom and knowledge call for humility and not pride.
"Though the Lord be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off."
Bro AT Jannaway
The Christadelphian, 1888
7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me.
8 Yahweh will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O Yahweh, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.