A daily devotional moment by Chris Garcia
Psalm 25:1–11 (NKJV): To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul. O, my God, I trust in You; Let me not be ashamed; Let not my enemies triumph over me. Indeed, let no one who waits on You be ashamed; Let those be ashamed who deal treacherously without cause. Show me Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; On You, I wait all the day. Remember, O Lord, Your tender mercies and Your lovingkindness, For they are from of old. Do not remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions; According to Your mercy remember me, For Your goodness sake, O Lord. Good and upright is the Lord; Therefore He teaches sinners in the way. The humble He guides in justice, And the humble He teaches His way. All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth, To such as keep His covenant and His testimonies. For Your name’s sake, O Lord, Pardon my iniquity, for it is great.
Philippians 2:5–11 (NKJV): Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus, every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Psalm 25:1–2 (NKJV): “To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul. O, my God, I trust in You;” A question I have for you is what are you lifting your soul up against? Are you lifting your mind, your will, and your emotions to something that's not God? “To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul. O my God,” Not the God. “Oh ‘MY’ God I trust in You.” Psalm 25:2–3 (NKJV): “Let me not be ashamed; Let not my enemies triumph over me. Indeed, let no one who waits on You be ashamed;” The promise of shame dissolves when you wait upon Him. Let no one who waits on You to have confident, hopeful expectations. “Let no one who waits on You be ashamed.” Psalm 25:3–4 (NKJV): “Let those be ashamed who deal treacherously without cause. Show me Your ways, O Lord; ‘Teach’ me Your paths.” It does not say, "Show me your power. Show me your gifts. Show me your anointing. Show me your visions." No! "Show me your ways." Because His ways are reserved for those who desire to know Him. Israel knew God's power. Moses knew God's ways. Everyone can know power but only Moses knew God’s ways. Show me what you are like. Show me what you are thinking about. Teach me your paths. Psalm 25:4–5 (NKJV): "Show me Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me,” That is the disposition of humility. Understanding that you know nothing but He knows everything. Psalm 25:5 (NKJV): “For You are the God of my salvation; On You, I wait all the day.” He is the God of your salvation. Your healing. Your deliverance. Your wholeness. “On you, I wait all the day.” Why is it that on Him David waits all day? Because waiting forces you to understand that you are ministering to Him that lives. You can only wait for someone that lives that is alive that is personable. For in waiting there is renewal. For they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings as of eagles. Inwardly they are being renewed, day by day being made new again. They are being rejuvenated in the fountain of the spirit. The renewal of strength and mind is given to those who wait. In waiting, there is a holy mixing between your spirit and God’s Spirit. Where your spirit and God’s Spirit become intermingled. Like combining two separate water sources in one cup.
They that are joined to the Lord are one Spirit with the Lord. Waiting, causes you to become stripped of your flesh. Waiting deadens the flesh. “In you, I wait all the day.” Then he says in, Psalm 25:6 (NKJV): “Remember, O LORD, Your tender mercies and Your loving kindnesses, For they are from of old.” David is bringing into remembrance that the Lord has been merciful and tender. He says, “Remember O ‘LORD.’” The word Lord is in all caps. It’s the personal name of the God of Israel. It is the I Am. It is the Lord that reveals His name. He is personal. David is talking directly to Him. Psalm 25:7 (NKJV): “Do not remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions; According to Your mercy remember me, For Your goodness’ sake, O Lord.” Then look what it says in the next verse. Psalm 25:8 (NKJV): “Good and upright is the Lord.” He is good and He is upright. Why is he saying that? Because it is something that we often forget. That God is truly good and that God is truly upright. When you feel the discouragement set in, when you feel the absence of your awareness of God, when you feel the trials and tribulations are upon you, you can then sometimes forget that He is good and upright. David is declaring that God is good and upright. Therefore he teaches sinners in the way. The humble he guides in justice. The humble he teaches His way. Do you want to know the revelations of His ways? Do you want to know the guidance that comes on high? Be humble. The humble he guides in justice. The humble he teaches His way. As I have said before the scriptures say, that Israel knew God's power and Moses knew God's ways. The scripture also says that the man Moses was the humblest man that had ever lived. God sovereignly chose Moses. There was a quality about Moses that God saw. He was humble. Humility ushers the glory of God. God searches all the world to show Himself strong to the humble. Because the humble will not take credit for what He has done. The humble will not boast of their strength. The humble will not get in the way of what God wants to say and do through His people. The humble He guides in justice. The humble He teaches His ways. Guidance and revelation are found in the lowly and the humble. The humble are those who understand their place and God’s place. The humble is a state of heart and mind. Humility means lowly, meek. Not seeing yourself as superior to others.
There is a thing called false humility, where there is an appearance of piety, but on the inside, you are as arrogant as satan. That was the sin of the Pharisees. The word Pharisees means pious ones. Those who appeared to be pious on the outside but inwardly they were proud. Pride and humility are essential to the Lord. God does not see humility the way man sees humility. Man can judge a humble person on the outside as arrogant and proud because their boast is in God. Humility is what God sees. The world has one definition of humility while the Kingdom has another. The world sees humility just as piety, self-loathing in appearance. God does not judge by view and appearance. He views and discerns by the heart. Humility is moldable. Humility is teachable. Humility is meek. Meekness is power under control. There is no one more humble than Jesus. Just think about this reality for just a moment. Jesus the Son of God, existed for all eternity. He was present in creation. He was present within the Trinity before anything ever was. Before the world was, He is. He is surrounded by angels. He is surrounded by nonstop praise and worship and royalty. Yet this Jesus, God the Son, comes down and is born into a filthy manger in the lowest of places possible on earth. Think about this, even if Jesus was born as the richest King on the planet and was physically wealthy. That would still be poverty as compared to the overwhelming regalness of heaven but He takes it a step further and becomes nothing. He makes Himself of no reputation. He decided to make Himself of no value to the site of man. The scripture says in Philippians 2:8–11 (NKJV): “He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the Name which is above every name,” Philippians 2:10–11 (NKJV): "That at the name of Jesus, every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Humility truly paves the way to His Glory.
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