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Humility – The Blazing Center

September 17, 2009

Anybody reading this old enough to remember Pepe Le Pew?

If not, Pepe Le Pew was a cartoon skunk in the pantheon of characters that featured Buggs Bunny, Elmer Fudd and Daffy Duck.  If you can’t remember them, I can’t help you.

I only remember one line Pepe ever said, and I regularly quote it to my wife.  In one episode, after doing something successful, Pepe said in his French accent, “Makes me feel humble, yet sort of proud.”  That statement rings so true to my sinful motivations it’s uncanny.  It’s so tempting to be proud of “my” puny accomplishments.  I must seem as comical and absurd to God as Pepe Le Pew.

In 2 SA 7 David thought he would do something great for God – build him a house to dwell in.  But God sent Nathan the prophet to tell David it wasn’t about what he would do for God, but what God would do for him.

Now, therefore, thus you shall say to my servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, that you should be prince over my people Israel.  And I have been with you wherever you went and have cut off all your enemies from before you. And I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth’ (8,9).

God says, “David, don’t forget that I took you from tending sheep in the field and made you King of Israel.  I’ve been the one that’s given you success.”  God then goes on to tell David that rather than David building him a house, God would give David a heritage.

In other words, what did David have to boast about?  He hadn’t done anything for God; God had done everything for him.  I love David’s humble response:

Then King David went in and sat before the Lord and said, “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far? … Because of your promise, and according to your own heart, you have brought about all this greatness, to make your servant know it.  Therefore you are great, O Lord God. For there is none like you, and there is no God besides you, according to all that we have heard with our ears (18, 21-22).

Whenever God enables us to do anything for him, we should pray similarly – “Who am I that you have brought me thus far?  You have brought about any good I’ve accomplished.  Any success in my school or family or work or ministry is all from you.  Therefore YOU are great, O Lord God.  There is none like YOU.”

Makes me feel humble, yet sort of….humble.

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