The Way of Greatness
by Lary R. Hale
“Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me. Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother: my soul is even as a weaned child” (Psm. 131:1,2). This was a king who expressed these words of sincere humility, and one of the greatest kings in history at that. A whole lot of folks in a lot lower states in life would do themselves a world of good if they would heed and practice these words of sound wisdom written by David. We can see also that David taught his son Solomon very well, as he held to the same sentiment in his writings: “Put not forth thyself in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great men: For better it is that it be said unto thee, Come up hither; than that thou shouldest be put lower in the presence of the prince whom thine eyes have seen” (Prov. 25:6,7). And we can throw a few words from Jesus in, just to punctuate the truth of the matter: “And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased ; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted” (Mat. 23:12). And once more: “Then there arose a reasoning among them, which of them should be greatest. And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a child, and set him by him, And said unto them, Whosoever shall receive this child in my name receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me receiveth him that sent me: for he that is least among you all, the same shall be great” (Lk. 9:46-48). So among those who have proven to be righteous and wise, it is unanimous; the way to be great in the sight of God is to not want or try to be great in our own sight, or in the sight of men. Not to mention that that is the only place where the real peace and the real joy of the Lord can be had. Amen. The rest that is in God for the humble and honest, is truly a glorious thing to experience. Amen.
Original Post at By One Spirit Ministries Facebook page May 19, 2013