Daily Devotion Friday, June 7th

Friday, June 7, 2013 – Psalm 148; Deuteronomy 26:1-11; 2 Corinthians 8:16-24 and Luke 18:9-14

Luke 18:9-14 – 9 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.’ 13 But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted.”

This coming Sunday in Sunday school we’ll be looking at Ephesians 4:1-16. In this passage Paul lifts up specific qualities we should have as disciples of Christ; humility, gentleness, patience and love?

Today in our reading from Luke we hear our Lord say, “all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted.”

With all this, I’m hearing God saying to me, to us; be humble.

William Barclay in his commentary on Galatians and Ephesians has this to say about humbleness.

“Christian humility comes from self-knowledge. Bernard said of it, ‘It is a virtue by which a man becomes conscious of his own unworthiness, in consequence of the truest knowledge of himself.’

To face oneself is the most humiliating thing in the world. ……

Christian humility comes from setting life beside the life of Christ and in the light of the demands of God.”

In the midst of the world in which we live, humility isn’t a quality that shows up on the job description of the President of the United States, the CEO of any corporation, of the major star athletes for any team. Yet in each of these, it would be good for them to humble themselves, stating that they do not do their job on their own but only with the help of many others, and especially through God’s grace and God’s gifts given unto them.

How would you describe to me one who is humble? In our passage it is the tax collector who prayed; “Lord, be merciful to me a sinner.” This one was truly humble before God.

O Lord, may I give you all the glory for the good which I do and always ask your forgiveness for I know I don’t live up to what you expect of one who calls himself a Christian, one who strives to be a little Christ to those around him. Lord, be merciful to me a sinner. Thanks for calling me to be humble in all my ways. Amen.

Psalm 148 – 1   Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord from the heavens;
praise him in the heights!
2   Praise him, all his angels;
praise him, all his host! ….

13  Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for his name alone is exalted;
his glory is above earth and heaven.

Psalm from which St. Francis wrote “All Creatures of Our God and King”

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